I was listening to this one song and got a little confused about its meaning.

There seems to be a guy talking a bout himself, and then he talks about a girl who either, supposedly, would talk about herself, or about the guy.


What is the correct translation?

A: What if I was not myself, would you be able to say that you are yourself?

B: What if I was not myself, would you be able to say "You are yourself"?

I feel that by context A is the correct one, but B is the one that looks like a direct quotation in my opinion?

In order to A make sense gramatically (in my surely mistaken opinion) would be:


I feel like this is wrong, but I want to confirm...

Thanks in advance.

Source: https://utaten.com/lyric/cinema+staff/great+escape/


My problem is with the last と particle, I have no problem understanding the と in として.

  • Is the と particle quotation literal or context matters? You example sentence has 2 と's in it. Please clarify which one you mean.
    – istrasci
    Apr 26 '18 at 14:49
  • @istrasci isn't the "quotation" clarifying what particle i'm talking about? Apr 26 '18 at 15:34
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    It's clear to me, yes. But it may not be clear to everyone who views this topic, particularly beginners.
    – istrasci
    Apr 26 '18 at 19:42
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    This might help with the を versus と: What is the difference between using を and と with the verb 言う?. I'm by no means an authority so please wait for someone more knowledgeable to answer but I'm pretty sure ~と言う can be used for indirect quotes as you have in A.
    – G-Cam
    Apr 27 '18 at 2:11
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    It also might help to understand what the term quotative means. It may not mean what you think.
    – virmaior
    Apr 27 '18 at 10:15

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