What role does と play in


  • It is equivalent to ...と断定し、説得を...
    – sundowner
    Oct 28, 2022 at 2:41
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    Is it from Death Note? If it is a quote from a creative work, please provide the title and the author at least. If it's a visual art like manga, the layout can matter. Oct 28, 2022 at 8:13

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Didn't you hear a long pause between 断定 and 説得? It's essentially two sentences.


Omission of する/しました is very common in news articles and such. See: 体言止め can only be applied to サ変名詞 when する is just する (and not past or passive), right?

断定する is one of the verbs that take arguments that look like AをB(だ)と. AをBと断定する means "to judge/conclude (with 100% confidence) that A is B". So in short, と in bold is like "as" in English.

The Police Department identified the perpetrator as Kuro Otoharada, unemployed, age 42. They are going to start persuading him.

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