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What does

慕う彼女は

mean?

I posted the question on HiNative to no luck and Google Translate is definitely way off. The use of the と particle has me a bit confused.

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The と here means as/like in the sense of A as B when comparing A to B. It's definition 3 in デジタル大辞泉:

3 比較の基準を表す。「君の―は比べものにならない」「昔―違う」

It's definition 4 in デジタル大辞泉:

4 動作・状態などの結果を表す。「有罪―決定した」「復讐 (ふくしゅう) の鬼―化した」

But honestly, I think it feels like it's used similarly to として.

The clause says "she who is respected as a mother"

  • So, we adore/ or respect her as a mother. Would the following make sense? 彼は立派な学生と慕う/立派な学生と慕う彼は。He who is respected as a fine student/ I respect/ adore him a fine student. – Grant Poston May 31 at 18:16
  • Btw, thank you so much for helping me out. I'm reading the promised neverland right now. I kind of figured the general meaning of this sentence but wanted to know what was going on grammatically. Appreciate it! – Grant Poston May 31 at 18:21
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    この「と」は「4 動作・状態などの結果を表す」の方の意味ではないでしょうか。何も比較していませんので。 – naruto May 31 at 21:07
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    @GrantPoston If "he" is the topic of the sentence and he is respected by many, you usually have to say 彼は立派な学生と慕われている or 立派な学生と慕われている彼 using the passive voice. In your case, I think the active voice is used because there is a particular person in the story who respects her like a mother. This use of と is discussed in this question. – naruto May 31 at 21:27
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    ^ そうですね、3 比較の基準を表す。「君の―は比べものにならない」「昔―違う」 ではないですね、「比較の基準」ではないし、「~と同じ」「~と違う」「~と比べる」の「と」とは違いますから。 「(~を)母慕う」の「と」は、これが近いのでは?  japanese.stackexchange.com/a/67957/9831 (「(~を)師仰ぐ」の「と」) – Chocolate Jun 1 at 12:53

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