Today’s Question

What does おどろいたことにだれもいない imply?

a. いつもたくさん人がいる。
b. いつもだれもいない。
c. ときどきたくさん人がいる。
d. ときどきだれもいないことがある。

Today’s Grammar Point: ~ことに/~ことには

~ことに/~ことには is an expression used to mention how the speaker feels about the situation. It can be translated as “to one’s ~.”


  • [いadjective] ことに(は)
  • [なadjective] なことに(は)
  • [past plain verb] ことに(は)


Sadly, I heard John’s mother passed away.

くやしいことにその試合しあい1 点差いってんさけた。
We lost the match by one point, which was terribly frustrating.

Luckily, we can get in free of charge today.

To my delight, a present from my brother has arrived.

Luckily, nobody got hurt.

Annoyingly, the game got postponed.

The strange thing is my sisters both married men with the same surname.

Annoyingly, I forgot to bring my wallet.

おどろいたことにだれもいない。(Today’s question Sentence)
Surprisingly, nobody is here today.

To my mother’s delight, my sister is coming back from America.

Answer to today’s question: a

a. いつもたくさん人がいる。There are always many people. (Correct answer)
b. いつもだれもいない。Always nobody is there.
c. ときどきたくさん人がいる。 There are times when there are many people.
d. ときどきだれもいないことがある。There are times when there’s nobody there.

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