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You can use ［た］ことがない to mean “have not done”. For example, 日本料理を食べたことはない means “I have never eaten Japanese food”. This is different from 日本料理を食べない, which would just mean “I didn’t eat Japanese food”. This also means that the ない really is part of the same clause as 誰も (at least I’d consider it that way) since it’s a set phrase.
So for this:
Stripping out the quote, this means “until now, no one has ever told me [quoted text]”.
EDIT: Maybe “had ever” is more accurate since it’s なかった and not ない.
Oh yeah kinda forgot about the ことはない thing. So it changes “no one told me” into “no one ever told me”. Makes perfect sense, thanks
Edit: I just now realised the ことはない refers to the 誰も, not 私.
I forgot that ない is actually a verb
So it is actually saying that “no one” has had the experience of telling her, not that she has not had the experience of someone telling her. My confusion on that front is now gone.
There are probably other interpretations, but I read it as: [ 自分と同じ大学生くらいの女の子や、フリーター風の男の子 ] に、少し年上の主婦と思われる女性
with both や and に serving to enumerate. や is the incomplete / example-giving enumeration. に is the ordered enumeration XにY “X and then/also Y”, so IMHO this に goes with 年齢: it’s enumerating people from younger to older, whereas the や joins the first two elements within the younger category, if you will.
It’s probably related to それに. I can’t find any dictionary entries on it though. I wonder if それに uses this に (“in addition to that”) or if this に is short for それに. Or neither of those I suppose, but I feel like it’s probably something like that.
Not sure what めいて means here. jisho has three potential meanings, assuming めいて is the て-form of めく: to show signs of, to turn over, or to tear off; none of them make sense to me. I thought that maybe I was parsing it wrong, but can’t seem to find any other way to split that part that makes sense.
As with so many Japanese sentences, I understand the gist of it, but the details escape me. So I think basically two weeks before the opening they did some intense training with probably some kind of pair exercise, I guess one is doing the 店員 and the other one is doing an imaginary client.
But exactly who is doing what ?
社員を相手にする = dealing with employee. Who is doing the 相手にする? Who is 社員 ?
架か空くうの客に向かう = facing an imaginary client. Who is doing the 向かう ?
Also there is an Aたり、Bながら、Cて、D construction here. There is so many ways to parse that, is there any priority rules ? Or is it completely meaning and context based ?