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店長に休みたいならそう言えと言われた。

What does the そう represent here? As far as I know, there are 2 uses of そう

  1. replace the ます stem to mean seems like.

  2. End of a 普通形 to represent something that you heard from somewhere / someone.

Can someone explain what the indicated そう means?

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That そう is neither of them, but an adverb.

So...it translates so.


First note there are quotes omitted: 店長に「休みたいならそう言え」といわれた. Now consider 休みたいならそう言え.

From a learner's point of view, you can get the translation as follows

  • 休みたい want to rest / want a day off
  • なら if (although it means more then)
  • そう so
  • 言え say in the imperative

Combined, If you want a day off, say so.


FYI: Another fairly common phrase is

  • そう思います I think so.
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    Good answer. Just in case someone is still unsure, 休みたいならそう言え = 休みたいなら「休みたい」と言え. Think of it as a way to avoid repeating 休みたい. Sep 28 at 14:22
  • @fynxgloire, you can think of the そう here as very much like the English "so" -- そう言え == "say so". Sep 28 at 17:42

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