I'm trying to translate a conversation where one person compliments another person, and they replied with:


粘る (ねばる) - "to persist"

I think it roughly translates to "because you say so, I'm glad! Thank you!" but I'm confused about the と粘って part. Who is it referring to? Does it mean:

"Because you say so, I'm glad I persisted"?

microsoft had translated it as: "I'm glad that you persist to say so"

But if it were this case, why is it と粘って? Shouldn't it come before the verb and also use the honorific keigo?

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It literally means "If you (kindly) say so, I think it was good that I persisted." You can forget what Microsoft said.

そう言って頂けると is "If you say so" (this と is not quotative-to but conditional-to). This 粘る ("to persist", "to hold on", "not to give up") refers to what this person did (during the match, etc.)

  • I was not aware it was the conditional-to! Thanks for your help!
    – mob
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 16:00

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