I'm watching Tanya the evil to learn some more complicated kanji and speech, and this one sentence I don't understand completely the usage of と in the sentence “つまりは勝利をめざさないと”. The translation that's given says "In other words, You wouldn't try to win?". Is と used to make a question? From what I know about the usage of と, it's used to imply something in an If/Then format.
つまりは勝利をめざさないと can be interpreted in two ways:
So, you are saying "I won't try to win"(, huh?)
So, you must try to win.
If 1 is correct, と is a quotative particle without an explicit corresponding verb like 言っている or 考えている. That is, と implies 勝利をめざさない is someone else's statement (in this case, "your" statement).
If 2 is correct, と is a conditional particle, and ないと means "if not" as a whole. As you probably know, Japanese negative-if's commonly mean "have to" by themselves without explicitly saying the corresponding main clause.
= I must go. / I gotta go.
I can't tell which is the correct interpretation without the context and the audio source. There is usually a small pause before と if it's 1. Either way, と is not a question particle by itself.
There exists more と particles
- and/with と
- conditional (if) と
- quotation particle と
- possibly と related to to-adverbs (maybe it's related to quotation? But that's just my guess)
- (and maybe more?)
This is a case of a quotation particle と, similarly like " quotes in English (however it only marks the ending of a quote), but と can mark both direct and indirect quote.
The speaker here is rephrasing what the other person has said/implied/conveyed (or the speaker thinks they did), this is also hinted by つまり. Whether this is a question or not will explicitly be given mostly in intonation, whether the ending is rising (a question) or not (a statement), not by a presence of と. This particle can be used for statements just as well.
This sentence is incomplete in that it is missing a main verb, which is often the case with と particle - from context we can typically infer that the speaker meant a form of 言う、 聞く、考える or similar