For context, this sentence is taken from exercise 1, instruction 3. https://www.docdroid.net/JUGEND2/img-20170606-0001-new.pdf.html


In this sentence, I feel like everything's positioned inverted. The only way I can make sense of it in a translation is by reversing this inversion. This is what I would come up with:

Please barter, because the chairman said the cost is high, and because you pay one half yourself if you wish to be let go(ne?).

Since these measures to beat sense into it feel so strong, I wanted to ask you for your opinion

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Probably adding brackets will help you a lot:


Roughly translates to:

The chairman said the cost is high. So please negotiate, (saying) "I will pay half of the cost by myself, so please allow me to go (to the seminar)". (or literally, "I want you to let me go")

I split the sentence into two for the sake of clarity.

  • Thanks! But what did you do with ...言った_ので_ and ...払う_から_ ? Don't they have to be translated into something along the lines of "because" here?
    – Narktor
    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:06
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    @Narktor AのでB and AからB can be both translated either as "B because A" or "A, so B". The former using "because" may be more literal, but I thought the latter flows better in this case.
    – naruto
    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:42

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