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Grammar detail: ということ

ということ - nominalizer
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ということ
is used to turn a phrase into a noun.
When following a plain form verb, こと alone can be used, but ということ is somewhat softer / more polite.
もんだい
問題
わたしたち
私達
かね
ふそく
不足
ということです
The trouble is that we are short of money.
とのこと can be used in the same way, but is more formal.
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Kanji used in this grammar

モン   と question   と to ask   とん wholesale   
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ダイ    topic   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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タツ    arrive   
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キン   コン   かね gold; money   
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フ   ブ    not   
ソク   あし foot; leg   た to add   た    たりる to be sufficient   
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