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From Shin Kanzen Master JLPT N2:

新しい店をオープンする _ _ _* _ かたまってきた。

1 の 2 ようやく 3 にあたって 4 方針が

The right answer at the starred position is 4.

One arrangement I thought might make this answer work is:

新しい店をオープンするにあたっての方針がようやくかたまってきた。

However, I'm not sure if 「にあたって」 can be followed immediately by 「の」. How would this combination be interpreted then? Or maybe the right order is something else?

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  • I would have placed things as 1.3.2.4. I'm wondering how that is different from 1.3.4.2. – A.Ellett Apr 24 at 3:20
  • Indeed, I think the person who made this question intended オープンするにあたっての方針がようやく (3-1-4-2), but オープンするのにあたって方針がようやく (1-3-4-2) and オープンするのにあたってようやく方針が (1-3-2-4) make perfect sense to me, too. (Of course this doesn't answer why 3-1-4-2 is correct) – naruto Apr 24 at 3:32
  • @naruto Thanks. I guess my main confusion in this question would be, is the の necessary here in にあたっての方針, because 方針 is a noun, and thus the の is necessary for にあたって to be able to modify it? What does this phrase, especially あたって, mean though. ("the strategy once new shops are opened" doesn't sound natural to me.) – xji Apr 24 at 11:23
  • @naruto I asked a Japanese teacher, and she agreed with you that "xxするのに当たってxx" sounds more grammatically correct. I guess Shin Kanzen here listed a more modern usage, which is however not necessarily the soundest in a grammatical sense. – xji May 4 at 16:27
  • Well, I don't know which is more modern or standard... To me, these three all sound natural and correct. – naruto May 5 at 3:02
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So Shin Kanzen actually gave some examples of this combination (xxするに当たってのxx, e.g. 就職するに当たっての準備), as shown in the photo. However, I asked a Japanese teacher, and she agreed with naruto in the comments, that grammatically speaking, it would be more correct to say xxするのに当たってxx, where "するの" would act as a noun, similar to "すること".

As of the meaning of the sentence, which I was confused about, "当たって" here should be interpreted as "corresponding to", i.e. "the strategy regarding the opening of new stores". Then the sentence makes sense.

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