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I'm having trouble translating this sentence from a manga. A guy who's already dead is talking to another. He says: 私を殺したあの時と

And then the next page, it's only this speech bubble: 何一つ

I would have translated it as "You said you'd kill me that day" - "but you haven't killed anything at all" (from the context of the story). But could the first sentence not also mean "When you killed me that day"? I don't really understand the meaning of と at the end. Is it for quotation or as when/if-indication (then と would be in the middle of the sentence).

Thank you for your help!

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To understand this, you need to have many natural expressions on your active vocabulary so that you can fill in what is missing or left unsaid. Japanese is NOT a language where saying everything is beautiful.

The only possible phrase that is left unsaid following [私]{わたし}を[殺]{ころ}したあの[時]{とき}と[何一]{なにひと}つ would be 「[変]{か}わっていない」.

「何一つ」 is always followd by a negative expression such as できない、[知]{し}らない、[言]{い}っていない、[考]{かんが}えていない、[持]{も}っていない, etc.

In this case, it would need to be 変わっていない from the context and if I may surprise you, especially from the particle 「と」. 「~~と変わっていない」、「~~と変わらない」、「~~と何一つ変わらない」, etc. would need to be remembered because these phrases will keep appearing (or keep getting left unsaid!).

"Nothing (whatsoever) has changed from that time/day when you killed me."

 

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