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N2 Lesson 2: 13/24


Concerning, In regard to, About, (Split) over


Noun + めぐっ(1)
Noun + めぐる + Noun

(1) めぐ


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One of the more indirect ways that 'to be concerning (A)' is conveyed in Japanese is through the pairing of a noun with the case marking particle を and the う-Verb (めぐ)る 'to go around' in either its て-form, or standard form when paired with a second noun.
This grammar point can be translated as 'concerning (A)', 'in regard to (A)', or 'about (A)'. However, following the most natural translation, we can see that 'to go around the topic of (A)', or 'encompassing (A)' are also acceptable.
  • 隣人(りんじん)土地(とち)境界線(きょうかいせん)(めぐ)ってトラブルが()きた(とき)(だれ)連絡(れんらく)するべきですか?
    Who should I contact if I have a problem with my neighbor concerning my property line?
  • この(しま)(めぐ)(あらそ)いは(わたし)()まれる(まえ)から(つづ)いています。
    The conflict concerning this island has been going on since before I was born.
  • ゴミ()しルール(めぐ)ってのトラブルはどの地域(ちいき)でも(めずら)しいことではありません。
    No matter the community, conflicts concerning garbage disposal rules are not uncommon.
Caution - In addition to being quite formal, (めぐ)って keeps the 'around the topic of (A)' nuance that comes from the stem verb. This means that rather than expressing one opinion, it takes into consideration many different viewpoints, and is frequently used when there is a disagreement or dispute about (A).
  • (かず)(かぎ)られている限定(げんてい)商品(しょうひん)(めぐ)って客様(きゃくさま)同士(どうし)()()いになってしまった。
    Customers argued with each other over a limited number of limited edition products.
  • 税金(ぜいきん)使(つか)(かた)(めぐ)議論(ぎろん)から、内戦(ないせん)(はじ)まってしまった。
    A debate over the use of taxes has led to a civil war.
Because of this, it can sound quite unnatural to use (めぐ)って if the topic of (A) is simply a personal opinion.


  • 今日(きょう)国会(こっかい)では増税(ぞうぜい)するべきかそのまま()()するべきかをめぐって激論(げきろん)(しょう)じた。

    There was a heated debate today over whether the parliament should raise taxes or leave them as they are.

  • スイスに()いて貿易(ぼうえき)協定(きょうてい)をめぐり米国(べいこく)とヨーロッパ連合(れんごう)交渉(こうしょう)(はじ)まりました。

    The negotiations between the United States and the European Union in regard to a trade agreement began in Switzerland today.

  • 時代(じだい)とともに、海賊(かいぞく)(おう)(たから)(かく)された場所(ばしょ)をめぐる様々(さまざま)論争(ろんそう)()こった。

    As time passed, various disputes arose concerning the location of the hidden treasure of the pirate king.

  • 塩分(えんぶん)過剰(かじょう)摂取(せっしゅ)(めぐ)って意見(いけん)()かれている。

    Opinions are divided over the excessive consumption of salt.

  • (だれ)担当(たんとう)するのか、人気(にんき)楽器(がっき)(めぐ)って(あらそ)いが毎年(まいとし)ある

    Every year there is a contest to see who will be in charge in regards to the popular instrument.

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を巡って – Grammar Discussion

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  • mmzero1



    Why isn’t について also grammatically correct?

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