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I am preparing for my exam and have a question about the purpose of using と in a sentence. Does anyone know why と is used but not を before the verb 使います in the sentence below? Thanks so much!

Quoting from my textbook みんなの日本語 II (pg.67):

「頑張る」は日本人がよく使う言葉です。スポーツの試合で「頑張れ」、スビーチのまえに「頑張ってね」、いっしょに何かをするとき、「頑張ろう」など使います。

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I think とis being used here instead of を because it is indicating a quotation or the words that are being said. And also 使う here possesses the meaning of speak + use.

You USE this word.

Not in the sense of using an item. So it is a bit like 言う here.

You might also be interested in と感じられる、と思う、と見える。

Please feel free to correct me, if there are any mistakes.

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