caithion: (Jamesie - nezumi)
[personal profile] caithion
*eyes cross*

I keep double-thinking this sentence, and I've gotten myself all mixed up.


I hate the particle "ni." It's a transitive verb, ok. So the "ni" is "to," and not the person causing the action. Right? It's not some special passive or causative verb?

He intends to sell you off to the count.


The count intends to sell you off.


The problem is that the second makes sliiiightly more sense in context.

Er, unless the "he" is Antonio, not Bartolo. Damn.

Date: 2014-01-16 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*eyes the Japanese*

... the first sounds more correct... and I hate ni as well. Almost as much as wa and ga. D:

Date: 2014-01-16 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, it's not just me having trouble with ni.

Date: 2014-01-17 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We are the Knights Who Say "Ni!"

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Date: 2014-01-16 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would have said "to the count" but I'm pretty sure Japanese doesn't work by consensus, alas. ;)

Date: 2014-01-17 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hm, we could make new rules of consensus?

Date: 2014-01-16 11:00 pm (UTC)
quinquin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] quinquin
Who's speaking? And to whom?

I might not know much Japanese but I'm reasonably well versed in the Beaumarchais based operas.

And if they are sticking somewhat to the storys, the first variant works if it is Rosina or Susanna (or Barbarina) that is being sold off. The second only works if we are talking about Cherubino.

Date: 2014-01-17 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The problem is that it's just different enough that I don't think the original source material will help. Marcellina is generally in league with Bartolo in this version, but she also needles him constantly, so I could see her saying both of these things to Rosina to cause trouble. This is where the context that I usually rely on has failed me. It's not hugely important, as it's a throw-away comment and the thickening plot is explained in later dialogue, but it bothers me that I can't pin her character.

Date: 2014-01-17 07:27 am (UTC)
flonnebonne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] flonnebonne
From iOS dictionary:

sell one's bicycle very cheaply to a secondhand shop.

So yes, it seems like the count was the intended recipient.

Date: 2014-01-17 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent, thank you! All the dictionaries I had checked didn't have examples with "ni," and even my google-fuu had failed me. This is great, I appreciate it.

Date: 2014-01-18 05:38 am (UTC)
flonnebonne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] flonnebonne
No problem! I got lucky with the dictionary. :D


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