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I have come across this line in a book:

それは秘密にしといてくれてもよかったんだぜ…?

However I am unsure what しといてくれて is supposed to mean and what the above would therefore translate to, I've tried looking online but I couldn't find an explanation.

I have read about くれて and I understand that carries the meaning of having something done for you/to give etc. but I have to understand しといて as well to apply that knowledge.

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それは秘密にしといてくれてもよかったんだぜ…?

1) 私は、『あなたが、それを秘密にしておく』、あるいは『あなたが、告白する』いずれでもよかった。 I didn't care whether you kept hidden about it or confessed it.

2) あなたは、告白した。 You confessed it.

3) 私は、『あなたが、それを秘密にしておく』でもよかった。 I could accept to have you keep hidden about it.

"(あなたが)秘密にしといてくれてもよかった"
= "秘密にしといてくれる + でもよかった"
= "秘密にしておいてくれる + でもよかった"
= "秘密にして + おいてくれる + でもよかった"
= "秘密にする + おいてくれる + でもよかった"
= "秘密にする(have it hidden) + おいて(leave the situation as is) + くれる((you) can) + でもよかった(I could accept that...)"


"それは秘密にしといてくれてもよかったんだぜ" without "?" is rather normal expression. I guess this "?" suggests that "You didn't realize my intention?"

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