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This こと simply means "(intangible) thing". Simpler examples are: 悲しいこと sad thing / something sad 嬉しいこと happy thing / something happy 簡単なこと easy thing / something easy Likewise, 訳の分からないこと means "nonsensical/unreasonable thing", which is the object of the verb 言う. In case you don't know what this 訳の is doing, you have to analyze this part as a relative ...


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As you say, the こと means “thing” in this sentence. 私には人を殺す才能や生き残る才能などの生まれついての暗殺者としての才能があること is the 意味のわからないこと(nonsense thing).


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My attempts are: 1(a) 友達に頼まれて水曜日にサッカーをした。 1(b) 友達に誘われて水曜日にサッカーをした。 You can use either to mean the same, but I like 1(b) better because 1(a) could mean that, when you were asked, you were reluctant but your friend talked you into playing soccer. Off course, saying 1(b) does not exclude such possibility but at least it sounds more positive to me. 2(a) 兄(弟)...


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