I was reading a manga and a character said this:


I'm pretty sure it means "I can't go into details", but I've never seen the structure 「私から言う」 before. When is it acceptable to use?

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「[Name, pronoun, title, etc.] + から + 言う、話す、伝{つた}える, etc.」

is often used when:

1) The person chooses (or chooses not) to be the one to bring up the topic.

2) The person is only allowed to give a certain amount of information.

In both cases, the verb will often be in its (positive or negative) potential form.

Thus, the sentence:


would mean (unless the context suggests otherwise):

"I am not in a position to give you the details."

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