The following is an excerpt from a dialogue between me and my language partner: 「農業を仕事としてする農家の人頭が減っていながら、大型の農場が増えています。」 を、日本の現状からわかりやすく言い替えてみると、


For context: We were talking about her family which ran a small scale farm back in the day. I told her about the situation in germany, where smaller agricultural business are constantly on the decline, with many farmers reducing their work as a farmer to a sidebusiness.

About the sentence in question: Doe anyone have an idea why the sentence just ends in "...替えてみると..."? If you think she just forgot to bring the sentence to an end, just tell me and I'll ask her. However, if such abrupt ellipses are common in japanese, please help me extrapolating what is supposed to stand there ^^

Also, what is this 模 in 大規模農家? Jisho redirects me to "wooden printing block" (形木 ) but that doesnt make much sense here Oo

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    – Leebo
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 12:45
  • Are you using rikaigu or another Japanese dictionary lookup browser extension? I ask because they're good at finding word boundaries, which would have cleared up the 大規模 question. Even if you're not using a browser extension, if you double-click on the word, your OS will probably guess the word boundary correctly.
    – mamster
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 16:04
  • @mamster もしかして、rikaigu って、りかいちゃん(りかいくん)のドイツ語版とかですか?
    – chocolate
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 6:17
  • ああ、rikaiguって、りかいちゃん・くんの三人目の兄弟でしたけど、最近見つかりにくくなったようです。
    – mamster
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 15:12

2 Answers 2


quotative と

The と in 言い換えてみる is not a quotative particle, but a conjunctive particle (接続助詞) meaning "When~" or "If~".

「言い換えてみる、・・・」 = "If/When you rephrase it, ..." "If/When you say it in a different way, ..."

She said:

「(Original Sentence)」を言い換えてみると、→ 「(Rephrased Sentence)。」
"If you rephrase / To rephrase '[Original Sentence]': (you'll get) '[Rephrased Sentence]'."

As for 大規模...
How about using Rikaichan or Rikaikun?


(1) 基本形は次のようになります。







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