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I would like to know the use of と in this case

お金を貰い、死んだ魚のような目をしたアクアが帰ってきた。 (...)

「ま、まあ結果オーライって事でいいじゃないか。ほら、女神って信じられたら、それはそれで困った事になるだろうし」

何か大切な物を失った様な顔で帰ってきたアクアを、俺は適当に励ます

Aqua took the money and came back, wearing a look that reminded me of a dead fish. (...)

W-well, hey - all's well that ends well, right ? It would've been a problem if he had believed you (that you were a goddess), wouldn't it ?

Aqua looked like she’d lost something important, and I wanted to say something encouraging.

Some answers have already been provided such as https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/14371/usage-of-%e3%81%a8-at-the-end-of-a-sentence

But I did not found that it applied to the sentence but I may be mistaken.

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    これだけで確実に答えるのは難しいです。周囲の2~3文を貼り付けるか原文へのリンクをください。 – naruto Dec 26 '20 at 18:58
  • @naruto thansk, I have updated thus the question accordingly – Makoto Dec 27 '20 at 10:32
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    This と seems to be a conjunctive particle that means "and then..." here. By leaving the sentence unfinished, it attracts the reader's attention to what happens next. – naruto Jan 2 at 8:30
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This is from このすば{konosuba}, "GOOD'S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD!", right?

First, From the viewpoint of grammar, I also guess this "と" is close to "とする". (I agree with Claire-san).
In this case, it is close to "~と書き記す" (note that), "と報告する" (report that) or "と判断する"(judge that).

For example,

"準備完了っと。" (I report/judge) complete preparation.
"これでよしっと。" (I report/judge) It's done. It's great.
"これで終わりっと。" (I report/judge) I'm finished.

Every "と" means "とする。" or "としよう。".
Even if we don't have to report this to someone, we sometimes or often use this.

I guess that most tasks or works are things someone tells/asks you to do.
(Not everyone does/addresses initiatively tasks/works.)
If you finished it, you may report that to someone. Then, I think we might get to use this "と" even if we don't have to report.

Or, you just talk to yourself. "I talked to myself that I am finished."
We are not sure if which is correct, but you can guess it from the context.

In this case, Kazuma feels this is a task/work for him asked by someone. At least not initiatively/spontaneously.
Especially, Kazuma is a lazy and rude boy as you know.

He finished his task and doesn't have to report this to someone, but he feels he was forced to do this task.
So, I think he used this "と".

俺は適当に励ますと。
(She is bothering me, but I have to encourage her. I'm done though I am not so serious and faithful. so, I report) I said something encouraging.

I think the author of このすば wants to express that Kazuma is a lazy and rude person.

Or, perhaps, he might just talk to himself.

俺は適当に励ますと。
I said something encouraging. (And I talked to myself, "I'm done!")

Like he writes his diary.

In this case, I think the former(repot) is correct, but not completely sure.

If you met a similar situation like this, please guess it from the context.

Either way, this "と" in this sentence implies "not serious". He might feel even funny.
We don't use this "と" when we are serious.

Perhaps, the author of このすば! might want to express just "he is never serious" and not consider this "と" deeply.



By the way, please note the way to use "と" is almost same as "と" may have a rude nuance. We rarely use this "と", but I sometimes see the way to use "と" like this in Manga or Anime.

For example, when you were told to finish your homework by your friend, you can say

"もう終わらせましたよ~と。"

This "と" might be too casual and a little bit acting silly.
You can show your sense of superiority or probably frustration/annoyance to his/her advice/scolding/lecture.
Anyway, it means, you feel a little bit against his/her advice or lecture, and you want to fan his/her feeling, worrying about you, angry or something.

We rarely use this because it is rude.

I don't remember that Kazuma uses this "と", but I think he also uses this... He is a rude boy as you know...

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  • thanks a lot for your answer and yes this is from このすば ! – Makoto Dec 28 '20 at 15:44
  • "It depends on the situation..." What about this situation, is there just no way to know what と means in this case? – seesta Dec 28 '20 at 20:37
  • I am sorry for my lack of explanation. In this case, I think the former (report) is correct, but not sure. I just interpreted so. It is not clear because this is a vague expression. I mean, I wanted to say that if you met this "と", like this case, you need to figure out it from the context. Nobody is sure of the word after "と", but we should be able to guess it from the context. By the way, I edited the sentence. – Kay Dec 28 '20 at 21:21
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This –と sentence-ender is characteristic of the classic vagueness in speech. It indicates an unfinished thought and implies that the reader or listener is meant to infer their own conclusions. Using your translation, the English equivalent would be:

"I wanted to say something encouraging, but..."

It's used in the same manner some people would say "I'd love to, but – y'know."

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Ditto for the classic vagueness in Japanese, not just in speech, but a common omission of words where meanings are taken by context.

I think in this case, it might be closer to "とする", which means "going to" to express decision, often from judgment of situation. (「〜と決める」「〜と判断する」「〜と見なす」 - 〜とする|日本語能力試験 JLPTにない文型)

The whole phrase would roughly translate as "I'm going to just give her some casual encouragement."

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