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Use of って when quotation doesn't make sense

This type of って is mainly used to repeat one's opinion, like "I'm saying ~" or "I told you, ~". So it's still quotative in a sense; the speaker is quoting their own previous ...
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The past tense for the quoting particle って

The quoting particle と (or って) is tenseless, just as the quotation marks " for direct speech (she said "I want to sing"), or that for indirect speech (she said that she wanted to sing) are tenseless. ...
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Function of と when used with 続く

This と before 続く is a "friend" of quotative-と. If I have to choose one, it corresponds to this definition of デジタル大辞泉. (文や句をそのまま受けて)動作・作用・状態の内容を表す。引用の「と」。 It says と can broadly mark "the ...
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と's role in 「それは触ると柔らかい」

と has quite a few meanings. To name a few... The case particle (格助詞) と can mean "and" or "with". It attaches to 体言, such as nouns and pronouns. eg: 「りんごとみかん」(apples and oranges) 「...
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Role of と in 必要とします

The first と between 水 and 光 is "and". The second と before します is part of the A + を + B + とする construction, which means "to think of A as B", "to use A as B", "to ...
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What does と mean in 「ここにおいで」と?

This と is a simple quotative-と, and this sentence is a typical example of a rhetoric device called 転置法 (hyperbaton) or 倒置法 (anastrophe). This is very common in Japanese poetry/slogans/lyrics because ...
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Particle-と used with numbers: Are these different?

Yes these are different. There are (at least) three ways of using number + counter + と, and they have different nuances. concrete number + counter + と + adjective This is for showing a concrete ...
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What is the difference between にしては and としては?

I think にしては is close to "considering" and としては is close to "as". For example, 彼は英語の先生にしては、優秀だ (He is talented considering he is a English teacher.) implies he has an ability other than English, but ...
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私と同じ or 私のと同じ when comparing possession

In Japanese, 彼の車は私と同じです is a perfectly natural sentence. When you compare two things, this type of omission* is extremely common in Japanese, and it can be found even in the most formal writings. (* ...
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What does 「とある」 mean in these sentences?

~とある can be reworded using ~と書いてある in most of the times, but it doesn't mean that it is the abbreviation of the latter. "The sign reads 'STOP'." is a kind of peculiar grammar too, so to ...
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What role does だと play in this sentence?

The copula だ and the quoting particle と. と is used to repeat something someone has said, or what was written somewhere. English uses quotative markers: 'He asked you: "What is a quote?"'. I ...
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Is this とも or と plus も?

勇敢 and 間抜け both describe how Harry, or his behavior, was at the moment. They would be predicates in the quoted sentence(s). ハリー(の行動)は勇敢だ。 ハリー(の行動)は間抜けだ。 も can't be used to join two predicates like ...
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What does と in "対象とする" mean?

What does the と in the sentence mean? Wouldn't 対象する work alone? No, 対象する doesn't work alone (since 対象 is not a suru-verb). AをBとする (or AをBにする) means "make A B", so クリーチャーを対象とする (or クリーチャーを対象にする) ...
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Why does 冬休みは家族でイタリアやイギリスへ行きました。 have で instead of と?

家族で should be taken as "as a family" rather than "with family" (Both と and で could be used, though IMHO, 家族で implies that all family members were present whereas 家族と implies you only went with some/...
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Why does 冬休みは家族でイタリアやイギリスへ行きました。 have で instead of と?

Both 家族で and 家族と are correct. で can sometimes mark an organization/group which makes some action, as if it were a subject. It's the third definition on デジタル大辞泉. 動作・作用を行う主体となる組織・団体を表す。「政府側―検討中だ」「...
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Why is the を particle used twice here

This を particle does not necessarily represent the object marker. Let's explore why. くつを一足 (one pair of shoes) This を is used in connection with counters. It does not necessarily indicate a ...
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Please help me identify who does what in this sentence and check the translation

The Tatoeba translation is a natural rather than a literal translation. Literally it's saying more like "I will have my sister go to the station by car to meet you". (迎える is a tricky little word that ...
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How is と used in these sentences?

As for your first sentence, you're right that the と is a quotative particle. It's often used with a verb that introduces one's utterance or thought, e.g. 言う, 思う, 感じる, 知る, 分かる, 話す, etc. A few ...
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Difference in sentences (と and に)友達に/と晩ご飯を食べました 彼氏に/とキスした

に has a lot of functions and I won't go into detail of every possible usage of it. Let me just comment on your examples. 友達に晩ご飯を食べました is ungrammatical and makes no sense. 友達と晩ご飯をたべました means "I ate ...
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What does 歩けというの mean in this song?

というの asks rhetorical questions (it's literally just と, 言う, and の). If your mom told you to keep studying for a long time you might say something like 死ぬまで勉強しろというのか "you want me to study until I die, ...
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Confusion between ~に似てる ~と似てる

Sentence 31e is not wrong at all, but we do say (子が)親に似る much more often than (親が)子に似る. This is because we all know inheritance and parents are usually considered as "base" or "reference" in the ...
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What is the function of the と in といきましょう

This と is "a quotation-like と" (I don't know the proper name) described in this answer. と is not just for what someone said or thought; it can broadly mark the "content" of an ...
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Use of だと when not quoting

There are multiple distinct と's other than the quoting one, each has quite important meanings. Here it is conditional. ここまで想定内の味だと、ある意味感動的よ! "If it is of this much unsurprising taste, it's ...
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How to know where a quote ends?

The second interpretation is not very likely in this particular example because 先生から授業がない makes little sense. That idea would probably be expressed as 先生の授業がない. 先生から授業がある works better. ...
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