here is an extract from a manga that gives me troubles : (|| = column breaks in the manga)

ただし||お前達の相手は||私一人でいい||一対一で闘い||私が勝ったら||次の者が||また 私と闘うのだ...

First : can you confirm that there are 2 different sentences :


However, I will be your only opponent. (???)



We wll fight one vs one and, if I win, the next person will fight with me again....

And that 闘い is equivalent to 闘って there? (Which sounds weird to me because I learned that it had a litterary use only and the character is speaking informally the rest of the time, using だ instead of です, 楽しませてくれ, instead ot 楽しませてください and so on...)

Assuming I'm right until there, I don't get what the first sentence means (especially why いい is used instead of a simple 私一人だ, but I found a lot of 私一人でいい occurences on google so...)。

Or I'm wrong and で is the てform of だ and いい modifies 一対一で, and I don't understand it either : Fight a good one vs one?)

Or, (thinking while writing), I'm wrong again and 闘い is just a noun and not the equivalent of 闘って and there is an を particle ommited after 闘い and いい modifies 一対一で闘い and then :


However, I will be your only opponent, and


If I win a good one on one fight,


The next person will fight with me again...

  • I think punctuation in mangas is not very consistent, so the reader is free to add in punctuation where necessary or appropriate.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 13:02
  • Please don't edit your question and add new questions to it once it's been answered. If you have follow-up questions, you can post them separately and refer back to this question with a link.
    – user1478
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 15:18
  • Ok, I won't from now on. It's just that I didn't understand the structure at first because でいい sounded strange to me so in my mind it was just another way to ask the question. And the suppressed part was just bad reasonning from me that could get in the way of other's comprehension.
    – Alox
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 15:25

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That is clearly two sentences and you divided it correctly at the end of 「[私一人]{わたしひとり}でいい」.

「[闘]{たたか}い」 is the [連用形]{れんようけい} of the verb 「闘う」 and it has the same meaning as 「闘って」, the inexplicably popular form among Japanese-learners. 「闘い」 is surely more formal than 「闘って」 but it is NOT for literary use only as you seem to have learned incorrectly somewhere. 連用形 is used in fairly informal speech as well.

「ただしお[前達]{まえたち}の[相手]{あいて}は私一人でいい。」 is 100% natural. You could replace the 「でいい」 by a 「だ」 if it were only for grammatical correctness. Meaning-wise, however, 「でいい」 adds much more. It expresses the speaker's agreement to the fighting rules that could possibly be disadvantageous to him. In other words, the speaker is already very confident of his victory as he speaks.

「いい」 does not modify 「一対一で」 as the first sentence ends with the 「いい」. And no, 「闘い」 is not a noun here; It is a verb.

"However, I do not mind being you guys' only opponent."

"We will fight one on one (at a time) and if i win, the next guy will fight with me again."

  • Follow up question here : japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/15091/… And thanks a lot for your answer, you have already been very helpfull.
    – Alox
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 15:50
  • @Tokyo Nagoya: Small question on また: Perhaps a more accurate translation of the final phrase would be "and if I win, the next guy will also fight with me." (or if we want to use "again" and literary license, "and if I win, I will fight again with the next guy.")?
    – Tim
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 0:45

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