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So I learned about させる, that it's like to influence someone to do something. Then we found this sentence on hunter x hunter. ミトさんは (ゴンさんに)ハンター (を)受けさせたくない んだよ。

A bit of context, Mito don't want Gone to take the hunter exam. Now I would translate 受けさせたくない as "not want to force him to take it", but my teacher told me it was wrong. For a half hour, he tried to explain it to me but I still didn't get it.

Can you guys help me? Thanks, Or

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~させる can also mean "to let (someone) do~~" "to allow (someone) to do~~". See definition #2 in プログレッシブ和英中辞典:

させる
・・・
2 〔望みどおりにさせる〕let ((a person do)),allow ((a person to do))
お前には好きなようにさせてやろう
I will let you do as you wish.
一言述べさせていただきます
Let me [Allow me to] say one thing./I'd like to say one thing, if I may.

so how about translating it as...

ミトさんは(ゴンさんに)ハンター(を)受けさせたくないんだよ。
"Mito-san doesn't want to let Gon-san take the hunter exam."

  • Would "Doesn't want to not let him take it" be 受けさせなくたくない? – Nahcirn Nov 26 '17 at 9:49
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    @Nahcirn I don't think 「受けさせなくたくない」 makes any sense... You don't say 「~なくたく~」 or 「~なくたい」. – Chocolate Nov 26 '17 at 12:22
  • @Nahcirn that sentence seems unnecessarily convoluted and makes me take pause even reading it in english – frei Nov 27 '17 at 6:14
  • I see, the させる stuff is really complicated. "I don't want to force you" and "I don't want to let you" are written in the same way? there is a way to separate between these two meanings? – Smiled_One Nov 27 '17 at 6:23
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    @Smiled_One Yes, they are written in the same way (Although させる usually means "let/allow" when you say させてもらう, させていただく, させてあげる, させてくれる etc, and "make/force/compel" when you say させられる), so 「受けさせたくない」 can mean either "don't want to let (him) take" or "don't want to force (him) to take". Here in your example "let/allow" just fits the context "Mito don't want Gone to take the hunter exam", so.. it'd usually be up to the context... Good luck! :) – Chocolate Nov 27 '17 at 13:26

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