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さながらに vs さながらの

zuotengdazuo

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Hi. I think we can also use さながらの in the underlined part. But I’m not sure about the さながらに. Does the の (if used) modify 剣呑 while the に modify であった?
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While you're correct that the difference between に and の would indeed be that the former connects to a predicate and the latter to a noun, 剣呑 is a な-adjective, not a noun, so they would not be interchangeable here. (If it were 猛禽さながらの剣呑, or the like, that would be a different story.)

In a case where you have a noun and a predicate to connect to, a situation like the one you describe could occur, like in the following example sentence from this page:

上海の街中でスパイ小説さながらのドラマが始まっていた。
上海の街中でスパイ小説さながらドラマが始まっていた
 

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What dictionary is that?

 

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What dictionary is that?

It’s a Japanese-Chinese dictionary. It might not be as authoritative as the online dictionary you quoted.
 

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Well, I'm not just trying to discredit or disparage your dictionary, but if you don't tell me what dictionary it is or cite any specific examples it gives showing 剣呑 used as a regular noun, there's really nothing I can say, right?

Without any specific evidence to the contrary, I'm inclined to trust the Japanese-Japanese dictionaries that specifically list the word as a 形容動詞 with 剣呑さ being the related noun form. (Which is the only usage that I have personally encountered the word as well, though again, I'm not a native speaker, so perhaps my experience is limited.)

出典:デジタル大辞泉(小学館) said:
けん‐のん【剣×呑/険▽難】 の解説
形動][文][ナリ]《「けんなん(剣難)」の音変化という》危険な感じがするさま。また、不安を覚えるさま。
「金は欲しいだろうが、そんな―な思い迄して借りる必要もあるまいからね」〈漱石・道草〉
[派生]けんのんがる[動ラ五]けんのんさ[名]

出典:『三省堂 大辞林 第三版』 said:
けん・のん [0][3]【剣吞▼・険難▽・険吞▼】
形動) [文] ナリ
〔「剣難」の転かという〕
あぶないさま。不安なさま。 「直ぐ欄(てすり)の倒れるやうな-なものは出来上らんと思ふがね/酒中日記 独歩」
[派生] -が・る ( 動ラ五[四] ) -さ ( 名 )
 
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This is a snapshot of the entry of 剣呑 in my dictionary where 剣呑 is listed as a noun/adjective. But it does not give any examples, unfortunately.
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