From here:

Convenince store managers say that they are told how much they must sell by the company, and (there are even stores that say the amount to sell to part-time workers) / (there are even stores that say the amount for part time workers to sell).

The article is talking about how student workers are complaining about sales targets for 恵方巻.

I'm not sure about the last part. What does アルバイトの人に売る数 mean here? Does に mean to or for? Does the shop have a quota for selling 恵方巻 to its workers. Or is it a quota for the workers to sell? How can I know?


You're not parsing it correctly, I'm afraid. It's parsed:


The に in アルバイトの人など means "to".

lit. There are stores that tell the amount to sell to their part-time workers.
⇒ Some stores tell their part-time workers how many (恵方巻) they should sell.

Btw, the whole sentence is parsed:


  • Thanks. Is there a grammatical reason that に must go with 言う rather than with 売る? Or have you chosen this parsing simply because it is the most logical? Is there a grammatical reason why my parsings are wrong? – user3856370 Feb 3 '17 at 13:05
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    I don't think there's a grammatical reason. You parse it this way because it is the most logical and makes the most sense. – Chocolate Feb 3 '17 at 13:10

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