ことにする - Grammar Discussion

English translation:
to decide on
have decided to

Structure:
Verb + ことにする
Verb[ ない ] + ことにする

Explanation:
[one is resolved in their decision to do something]

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According to MaggieSensei, when we have Verb[た] + ことにする, it means to pretend rather than to decide. For example:

このレッスン、みんな私が作ったことにしてね。

means “let’s say I made this lesson” or “let’s pretend I made this lesson.” I wasn’t able to find this nuance of “pretend that” anywhere. If this nuance is not exposed anywhere else on the site, I would recommend either splitting ことにする into two grammar points or adding a note that when preceded by present progressive or past tense, it means to pretend to.

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Hey :smiley:

We have it on our to do list already :cowboy_hat_face::+1:

It will be eventually added :bowing_man:

Thanks for pointing that out!
Cheers!

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