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怖くないと。。。。?

Postby katafei » Thu 06.10.2010 8:14 am

I'm watching a movie, やわらかい生活 , and was wondering about the use of this と :

context:
man and woman are talking after having attended a memorial service of a late mom. The guy is lighting one sigaret with another and the woman says:
ガンが怖い?
死ぬの怖い?
。。。。
Man:
怖くないと。。。。? (with a rising intonation...)

Can anyone tell me what is the exact function of this と in this sentence?
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby Hyperworm » Thu 06.10.2010 9:21 am

It'd be interesting to know the tone of the woman's statements here too...

It could be
「(君は)(癌や死ぬことなどが)怖くないと(言うのか)…?」

( If the man's tone wasn't questioning, it could instead be: )
「(俺は)怖くないと(思う)…」
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby katafei » Thu 06.10.2010 10:51 am

hmmm, I'm a little too tired to figure out the intonation you're giving the woman...
but after hearing the と a couple more times used by the same character, I realise now it is being used as a question marker....
as for the conversation, my interpretation is like this:

<<Hey...! (being a little angry he lights his next sigaret with his first...) what are you doing....aren't you afraid (you'll get) of cancer....aren't you afraid to die...?
.....
Aren't you afraid?>>

Does that sound about right?
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby Snowflake » Thu 06.10.2010 12:42 pm

Going ever-so-slightly off topic here (sorry), but with the word "sigaret" are you going for the English word "cigarette"? When I read your first post, I thought a "sigaret" might be some sort of Japanese funeral ritual item that is lit to honor the dead.

I wish I could provide guidance on your original question (the significance of と in the example), but I'm so much of a beginner I wouldn't have even known enough to ask the question. Now I'm curious to know the answer.
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby katafei » Thu 06.10.2010 1:15 pm

Snowflake wrote:with the word "sigaret" are you going for the English word "cigarette"?

yep....
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 06.10.2010 9:22 pm

I think seeing the clip would clear it up alot, but here's my take on it:

ガンが怖い?
死ぬの怖い?
Are you scared of cancer?
Are you scared of dying?

怖くないと・・・
(怖くないといったら?)
"What would it mean if I said I wasn't scared..."

Maybe?
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby NileCat » Fri 06.11.2010 10:33 am

Although there are a couple of possibilities, I for one assume that:

(私が) 怖くないと(でも)(あなたは思うのか)?

= (怖いさ、もちろん)

And both of Hyperworm's and Harisenbon's sound fine to me too.
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Re: 怖くないと。。。。?

Postby katafei » Fri 06.11.2010 11:44 am

ah, yes, I see where you're going...
that does undermine my statement it was used as a question marker on at least one other occasion....
I'll see if I can temporarily upload some scenes on youtube this weekend...
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