can anyone tell me how this sentence is working together? The full sentence is 「この7万から 水道代を払って他んとこにしてる借金を払うと…」 I assume とこ is ところ used for "thing"? Or am I off? or is he saying he has a debt he has taken, and the verb for taking a debt is "する" Any ideas?

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    「他のところに借金してる」means "have debt in other place" so「他のところにしてる借金」means other place’s debt...?
    – Jimmy Yang
    Dec 30, 2022 at 9:48

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As you guess, とこ is ところ, which means literally 'place' as commented.

In 他んところにしてる借金, 他んところにしてる is a relative clause modifying 借金. So it means the debt (I) have at other places. More concretely, ところ means money lenders.

  • Thank you! As you said here ところ is also being used to describe a group of people. I actually saw this today in a video too, so suppose I must just adjust my ear to not think of ところ as a physical place, but also being able to mean certain groups of people?
    – L. L.
    Jan 2, 2023 at 11:30
  • @L.L. To some extent, yes, though it seems more or less naturally referring to place most of the time. This may make contrast to English where personal pronouns are used when it means a place (e.g. call on her to mean visit her place)
    – sundowner
    Jan 4, 2023 at 0:19

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