So I'm reading a manga and this girl is giving a guy two pieces of paper. She says "正直者ですね。両方セットで差し上げます。” I would think that a を particle would be used here since the set of papers is an object. "I give the set of papers (to you)." What do I give? The set of papers. I'm looking here, https://core6000.neocities.org/dojg/ , at the 4 main uses of で and none of them seem to explain the particle's usage here. Can anyone explain what で is doing here.

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Because she omitted the part of the sentence. For example if she was giving apple(りんご)...

  • りんごセット差し上げます

... is the correct way. "りんごセット" sounds weird. The example you have shown omitted the part "りんごを". That's the reason she says "セットで". In the web site you have shown, I believe で(2) is the closest usage.

By the way, you can also say ...

  • りんごセット差し上げます

So just saying "セットを差し上げます" is correct too.

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    Yea I was thinking #2 as well would be closest, but the use of papers for giving sounded a bit odd. One thing I've learned though is that literal translations typically do sound weird in English though. Thanks for the response! Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 22:46

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