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I came across this sentence that seemed weird to me (It's from a song so it may just be poetic, who knows).
The sentence is this: 2人で海を歌う
What confuses me is the を. Doesn't that make the sentence: "The two of us, singing the ocean"?
Or does it have a different use that makes the sentence something else?
 
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What's the song? Are you sure you have the lyrics right?
If so, your translation is fine, although depending on the context there might be a better way to phrase it, so it doesn't sound so random.
 

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I came across this sentence that seemed weird to me (It's from a song so it may just be poetic, who knows).
The sentence is this: 2人で海を歌う
What confuses me is the を. Doesn't that make the sentence: "The two of us, singing the ocean"?
Or does it have a different use that makes the sentence something else?
You are talking about a line in the Japanese version of For a Moment from Disney's The Little Mermaid 2, right? Yes, speaking strictly, it's ungrammatical, but it's used as a poetic expression of 海の歌を歌う, as in the original English lyrics (I'll) sing the song of the sea with you.
 
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You are talking about a line in the Japanese version of For a Moment from Disney's The Little Mermaid 2, right?
Yes, I am :) I was listening to it and found that line a little weird. But I get your explanation. I guess they couldn't fit 海の歌を歌う with the melody so they picked a shorter, poetic version. :)
 
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What's the song? Are you sure you have the lyrics right?
If so, your translation is fine, although depending on the context there might be a better way to phrase it, so it doesn't sound so random.
It's from the song For a moment from The little mermaid 2. I got another reply that explained that it's a shortened/poetic way to say 海の歌を歌う :)
 
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