The definition of 募集【ぼしゅう】 given in an article by NHK News Web Easy is


I don't know what is the role of the に particle in that sentence, is it marking the subject of the action, or is it rethorical? How should it be interpreted?


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Santiago, 「大勢の人呼びかけて」 reads like a clause to me, within the sentence 「人や作品などを集めること.」 ... Although if that were the case I'm not sure why they wouldn't just write it as 「大勢の人呼びかけて、人や作品などを集めること.」

in any case, I parse this definition as "to gather people or items by calling out to a large group of people"

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    を集まる はダメです・・・「集る」は自動詞ですので・・・「集る」に直してあげてね・・・・・
    – chocolate
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 11:34

In general the に{ni} particle has 2 main uses:

  • To mark a location:


I am at the station.

  • To mark a recipient:


Tanaka San gave candy to me.


I taught English language to Tanaka San.

In the example, に is being used to mark a group of people as the recipient of this action. Perhaps to “shout” at, “call” to or to “rally” (e.g., “rally the troops”).

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