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My grammar textbook contains the following sentence:

子供のころから、周りのことを考えて行動するようにと言われてきた。

What is the meaning of 〜ように in this sentence? There are many grammar rules involving 〜ように, and I wasn't able to determine which one is being used. Also, I would like to know what the whole sentence means. Thank you.

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「ように」 in this context is a sentence-ender for a request or a light imperative.

「Verb Phrase + ように」=「Verb Phrase + ようにしなさい」

子供{こども}のころから、周{まわ}りのことを考{かんが}えて行動{こうどう}するようにと言{い}われてきた。

子供のころから、『周りのことを考えて行動するように!』言われてきた。

The 「と」 is the quotative particle.

「周りのことを考えて行動するように!」 means:

"Conduct yourself by paying attention to all your surroundings!"

Thus, the sentence in question means:

"Since I was a kid, I have always been told to conduct myself by paying attention to all my surroundings."

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  • My textbook separates 〜ようにする・〜ようにしている and 〜ように…・〜ようにと…・〜よう… into two separate sections/rules. The former is defined as "Take care to ~/not to ~." and includes the example 集合時間に送れないようにしてください。The later is defined as "Express a demand or request" and includes the example 雑誌を買ってくるように頼まれた. Can these be thought of as the same grammar? May 30, 2018 at 8:05

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