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Question about ということ

Yukino

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Hi all,
I've been slowly working my way through Tae Kim's lessons and found this sentence:
B:ということは、みきちゃんは、今彼氏がいないということ?
B: Does that mean Miki-chan doesn't have a boyfriend now?

According to Tae Kim, the phrase "ということ" is used to summarize something without rephrasing. What I don't understand is why "ということ" is repeated twice in this sentence, once at the beginning and once at the end. Can anyone explain what purpose this serves?

Thank you in advance! :)
 

mdchachi

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It's redundant.
It's like saying
"The thing is, that <something something> is the thing?"
 

Toritoribe

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Hi all,
I've been slowly working my way through Tae Kim's lessons and found this sentence:
B:ということは、みきちゃんは、今彼氏がいないということ?
B: Does that mean Miki-chan doesn't have a boyfriend now?

According to Tae Kim, the phrase "ということ" is used to summarize something without rephrasing. What I don't understand is why "ということ" is repeated twice in this sentence, once at the beginning and once at the end. Can anyone explain what purpose this serves?

Thank you in advance! 🙂:
The first ということは works as a conjunction, meaning "so"; So, does that mean ~?
 
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