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〜ことに 「は」 [〜ことに 「は」] (kotoni)
    Meaning: Very; Quite; The 〜 thing is that....
    Example: To my great surprise...
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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  Notes:  
いA + ことに
なA + な + ことに
Vた(past plain form) + ことに
 
(rubyhatchet)
This grammar should be used at the head of the sentence. It should be used to emphasize feelings, emotions, or sentiments. 
(rubyhatchet)

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ex #310   嬉しいことに4月から、給料が1割りほど上がる。 
It is a totally great thing, from April my salary goes up by 10%  
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(dc)
ex #5256   残念な ことに、ポケットの穴から全部のお釣りを落としてしまいました。 
Unfortunately , I've lost all my change through a hole in my pocket.  
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(brsdjbd)
ex #5935   ボスは猿を拷問することで快感を得る . 
My boss gets his kicks out of torturing monkeys .  
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(brsdjbd)
ex #6115   残念なことに、ストで新幹線が止まり、旅行は中止になってしまった。 
Quite unfortunately, the bullet trains have been stopped because of a strike, and our trip got cancelled.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6116   驚いたことには、彼女は7か国語が話せるそうだ。 
Quite surprisingly, I heard that she can speak seven foreign languages.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6419   驚いたことになくした財布が無事に警察に届けられていた。 
To my great surprise, my lost wallet made it to the police intact.  
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(evilkyra)
ex #6822   残念なことに、楽しみにしていたキャンプが雨で中止になった。 
The unfortunate thing is that the camp I had looked forward to was canceled due to rain.  
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(akiokun)

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      Comments:  
    I think the English translation should be better with 「The 〜 thing is that, .....」for 「〜ことに」. So for
    ex#310 嬉しいことに、四月から給料が一割ほど上がる
    「The happy/hearthening thing is that, from April onwards my salary will go up by around 10%.」I prefer to use "hearthening" in this case.
    Notice the comma is at the ことに

    ex#5256「The unfortunate thing is that, I dropped and lost all my change through a hole in my pocket.」 
     
    rubyhatchetExample #5935 does not belong in this entry. This must be "koto ni (ha)." Also, you can only use the plain past tense of a verb before it, not plain dictionary form. 

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