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I don't really get the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean to remind, to confirm something, or to make sure of something?

The whole sentence is:

そう言えば 確認というか念を押しとくが

The context: two friends are talking and suddenly one says this line, changing the topic of the conversation.

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Can you provide more context? What is the topic of the conversation? Maybe add the lines before/after this one. – Igor Skochinsky Jan 12 '14 at 2:34
Right. I added some more informations, unfortunately the sentences before are not related with this. – bunny Jan 12 '14 at 2:46
Ok, what about after? And is that そう言うば or そう言えば? – Igor Skochinsky Jan 12 '14 at 3:00
Sorry そう言えば and after he talks about his death.. – bunny Jan 12 '14 at 3:03
A translation would be "By the way, I would like to confirm, more like I want to remind you, about [...]". The [...] part is the continuation of the sentence that you didn't put up. – nhahtdh Jan 12 '14 at 18:23

It is, to make sure of something or to confirm with no doubt


The detective said. 'I want to make sure that you left your employer's office at 5:30pm that day. Is that correct?'

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"and by the way, to confirm or should I say make extra sure"

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Welcome to the site. I just thought I should let you know that your answer was automatically flagged by the system as a potentially low-quality post given its length. You might want to add a little extra explanation or something beyond a one line translation to avoid that in the future! – ssb Mar 10 '15 at 2:04
this answer is good and concise as a translation of the OPs text. – sova Mar 10 '15 at 2:14
@ssb thanks for the tip, ill keep that in mind – WKx Mar 10 '15 at 4:22
@sova I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad answer. Only that it was automatically flagged, and that explanation on why the given translation was chosen might make a better answer overall beyond just avoiding the flag – ssb Mar 10 '15 at 4:24

そう言えば 確認というか念を押しとくが

"Now that [you] mention it/that, To confirm or should I say, stamp out [my] concern.."

The form A というか B is very common. It means, roughly "A, or that is to say, B"

という is very important, it is a construction that "colloquially quotes" the preceding text. Adding か adds a sense of questioning or variability. It's like a verbal approximation. "A... or more like... B"

Example in English: Brandon: Are you shivering because you're cold? Lisa: Not so much that I'm cold, I'm still shakey from that roller coaster ride! = I'm cold というか still shivering from the roller coaster!

さむいと言うか, ジェットコ一スタ一 の影響で,まだブルブルしてる

You can also see this as というより or と言うより

A と言うより B : A, rather B.

Example (in English): Cindy: You want to go to japan to learn clothing design? Destiny: To learn clothing design と言うより, I want to satisfy my curiosity about Japanese culture.

At the end of this sentence is also the construction 念を押しとく

しとく is a contraction of しておく, which is a suffix used to say "in preparation for something" or "in anticipation of something i'll/we'll prepare this~" in this case it means something like "get rid of my concern (for sake of the future)" or "to just get it off my mind"

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