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Here is my attempt on this question (made possible thanks to user4092's answer and comments): 〇〇と〜 can pretty much attach onto any predicate it wants to, and (literally speaking) means "do ~ with the sound of 〇〇". (Or even more relaxed maybe, like "do ~ with a resemblance to 〇〇.") It can even attach all the way outside of the negation (like in your ...


◯◯を △△と 言う stands for "to call ◯◯ △△" or "to express ◯◯ as △△ by utterance". In the case of 「どこに住んでるの?」と「い」を言わなかったり, you can regard it as "she saved saying い like どこに住んでるの".

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