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For example Episode 18, Eva-Beatrice refuses a repetition request by saying 'I refuse!' Sounds like 'kyohi suru wa'.

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In episode 9, Beatrice says 'I refuse.' Sounds like 'kyohi suru'.

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In episode 14, Beatrice says more elaborately 'I refuse to repeat it.' Sounds like '復唱 kyohi suru' (Fukushō o kyohi suru).

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  1. What exactly are they saying?

  2. Are they actually removing the personal pronoun 'I' (eg watashi or whatever) and so are just saying just 'Refuse' or 'Refuse to repeat' ?

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NipoJu's answer in umineko subreddit:

Yes, they say 拒否する, which literaly means "Refuse".

In Japanese pronouns are not needed, and everything is understood by context. So if the witches say 拒否する right after asking for repetition in red, it really means: I refuse (to do so).

The わ(wa) that Eva says is just a particle to make a sentence more ""feminine"", it depends on the person/characters personality. I can personally also see Bernkastel and Lambdadelta using the わ(wa) at the end, however I don't see Beatrice saying it since she has a more ""masculine""-ish way of talking.

(I put quotes on feminine and masculine because it's a little old-fashion way of seeing it. I, as a man, use わ(wa) and don't really care if people see it as feminine)

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  1. I believe it's

A - Episode 18 - (Not sure) 拒否するわ (きょひするわ。 Kyohi suru wa.)

B - Episode 9 - (Not sure) 拒否する (きょひする。 kyohi suru.)

C - Episode 14 - (I believe I have a source.) 復唱を拒否する。

  1. Looks like because whenever I type in 'I' in google translate, it gives watashi.

For example '私はそれを復唱ことを拒否します' translates to 'I refuse to repeat it.'

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