I know what で is used for most cases, but I cannot seem to understand its use in this sentence would you please explain this sentence and the use of で

そのセリフは セコイで ハナコ

  • Probably need more context. I think this で is the て-form for だ.
    – Jimmy Yang
    May 30, 2021 at 4:21
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    ^「せこい+だ」 (i-adjective + cupula だ) はないです・・
    – chocolate
    May 30, 2021 at 4:31
  • This usage of で is prevalent in Kansai dialects. It can be paraphrased as セコイよ in standard Japanese.
    – user48754
    May 30, 2021 at 5:54

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Is this sentence uttered by a Kansai dialect speaker? I think the で is a sentence-ending particle (終助詞) in Kansai dialect. せこいで(i-adjective + で) means せこいぞ or せこいよ (i-adjective + ぞ/よ)in standard Japanese.

Examples of "i-adjectives+で":

「ずるいで」 ≈ 「するいぞ」
「ええで」 ≈ 「いいよ」

This で is used this way:

あるで。(verb+で) ≈ あるよ。
帰ったで。 ≈ 帰ったよ。
知らんで。(negative+で)≈ 知らないよ。
持ってへんで。/ 持ってないで。 ≈ 持ってないよ。
日曜日やで。(noun+copulaや+で)≈ 日曜日だよ。
きれいやで。(na-adjective+で)≈ きれいだよ。

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