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I'm trying to understand this sentence, particularly how と works here.

朝から、算数、国語、社会、理科と退屈な授業が続く。

Does this mean "Starting early, I have boring classes which are arithmetic, language, society, and science"? Or to put it another way, "I have the boring classes arithmetic, language, society, and science."

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「朝{あさ}から、算数{さんすう}、国語{こくご}、社会{しゃかい}、理科{りか}退屈{たいくつ}な授業{じゅぎょう}が続{つづ}く。」

「と」 here means the same thing as 「といった」, 「など」, 「のような」, etc. Strictly speaking, 「という」 is not included here.

It is used to list multiple examples (in this case, the four classes/subjects) of what one is speaking about (here, 「退屈な授業」= "boring classes/subjects").

"Multiple" is the key word. This 「と」 could not be used if only one example were being given. You must use 「という」 in that case.

  • @l'électeur Isn't this pretty different from 「のような」? I feel like it's applying the "drudging" sound of a long list of classes to "退屈な授業が続く". In other words, the actual sound seems important to me (c.f., "Math, English, Social Studies, Science---the tedious classes continued."). But maybe I'm misunderstanding what 「と」 this is. – Darius Jahandarie Jul 24 '15 at 17:55

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