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I have to use the grammar ようによっては in the following sentence. The meaning in English is

Depending on how you treat me, I can be a gentleman or not.

My attempt is as follows, but I think it is partially incorrect.

僕は、君が扱いようによっては、優しくなるかどうか

How to fix it?

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  • 扱いよう ("way to treat") is a noun, so its "subject" cannot be marked with が. Unfortunately, Xの扱いよう would mean either "how to treat X" or "how X treats", depending on the context. Usually object + の扱いよう means "how to treat it" (e.g., ハサミの扱いよう "how to use scissors") and person + の扱いよう tends to mean "how (person) treats" (e.g., 私の扱いようが悪かった "I used it badly"). In the following example, I added another modifier, ~に対する, which is less ambiguous, so that the 君の part will be interpreted in one way.
  • The sentence lacks the final predicate (verb, adjective, or copula), because 優しくなるかどうか ("whether I will be kind or not") is a noun phrase.

You can say like these (sorry, only the first one uses ようによっては strictly):

  • 君の私に対する扱いようによっては、私は優しくもなるし、ならないこともある。
  • 君の私に対する扱いようによって、私が優しくなるかどうかが決まる。
  • 私が優しくなるかどうかは、君が私をどう扱うか次第【しだい】だ

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