Here is an exercise problem in my grammar workbook.
今度の試験には、出ると予想していた＿＿が出なかった。(A.こと B.もの C.ところ)
The correct answer is C.ところ. What does ところ mean here? Does it mean “part” or “section”? I imagine that the context could be something like this. The speaker had anticipated that a particular section from the syllabus would be tested in the exam.
But could I select “A.こと”? Then I would translate the sentence as “in this exam, the thing that I had thought would be asked didn’t come up.” Would that make sense?