In the following sentence I am not sure if the subject is 始末したコボルト or not. I guess it is the subject and not the group in which is plunged searching for shelter. Is it correct?


“The goblin of which I got rid throws himself into the group in search of shelter and collapses to the ground, dragging with him two goblins.”

This is the other sentence with a problem for me:


“Now, I break the fourth belly and remain two.”

If my interpretation is correct, why is 二 not followed by the 匹 classifier?

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    Next time you ask, please ask only one thing per question, and provide more context. A few sentences before the sentence in question would greatly help people understand the context.
    – naruto
    Mar 10, 2016 at 18:51

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を is an object marker, of course! The subject of this sentence is someone who killed the goblin, which is omitted and not shown in this excerpt. Assuming the omitted subject as "I"...

I rushed into the crowd (as if I were) using the goblins I killed as a shield, and collapsed on the ground dragging two goblins.

  • ~を盾にする = "use ~ as a shield". In general, AをBにする can mean "use A as B", "turn A into B", "make A B" etc. See 2㋒ in this entry)
  • ように = as if

If my interpration is correct, why 二 is not followed by the 匹 classifier?

The second counter is simply omitted because there's no need to repeat it again.

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