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お酒は、ほろ酔いのうちが最高と言われる。

It's said that alcohol is the best while tipsy.

there is a だ placed before the end of a sentence. I was under the impression that だ can only be placed at the end of the sentence (excluding sentence ending particles), or else it must take its な form. Is this not the case?

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Quotative と uses the 終止形 and not the 連体形. This is one of the few instances where they're different in modern Japanese. Surely you've seen だと思う?

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  • Thanks for your answer. It's possible/probable I've seen it, but for some reason have never noticed it in the 終止形 form until now.
    – George
    Commented Jan 2, 2023 at 22:12

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