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を中心に
wochuushinni
JLPT N3
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をちゅうしんに
Meaning
center on, in the middle of
the center of our discussion
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Formation
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中心に
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Phrases
きょうのかいぎでこのぎだいをちゅうしんにぎろんをしましょう。
Let's make this matter the central topic of the discussion at today's meeting,
Edit  #1627 dc, bamboo4
えきをちゅうしんにたくさんのしょうてんがあつまっている。
Centered around the station there are many stores.
Edit  #1291 dc
ちゅうごくをかいがいてんかいけいかくのちゅうしんにぎろんしましょう
Let's make China the center of our overseas expansion plan discussion
Edit  #1316 dc
このちほうをちゅうしんとして、さんちは、ほんしゅうのとうほくではさんれつに、おなじくせいなんではにれつにわかれてつらなっています。
Centered around this region, three separate mountain ranges extend towards north-east of Honshu, and two separate mountain ranges extend to the south-western part of Honshu
Edit  #3209 kankun, bamboo4
そのいえのことはすべてメアリーおばさんをちゅうしんにうごいていた。
Everything in that house revolved around Aunt Mary.
Edit  #3553 dbx
せかいけいざいはアメリカけいざいをちゅうしんにうごいているというじじつはだれもひていできない。
Nobody can deny the fact the world economy revolves around the American economy.
Edit  #3554 dbx
ひかくぶそうをちゅうしんにしたはなしあい。
Talks centering on nuclear disarmament.
Edit  #3555 dbx
ごぜんちゅうはぶんぽうをべんきょうする。ごごはかいわをちゅうしんにべんきょうすることになったいる。
In the morning used to study grammar, In the middle of after noon studying conversation as well.
Edit  #7168 sureshnihon
わたしはかぞくをちゅうしんにものごとをかんがえている。
My interests are centered on my family.
Edit  #8524 karekano
Discussion and comments
focus を subject の 中心に する
china を meeting の 中心に する

= make china the center of the meeting

 中国<font color=red>を</font>議論<b>の</b><font color=red>中心に</font>しましょう
 lets make china <font color=red>the center</font> <b>of</b> our discussion

japanese native speakers will go "huh?" if you get your を and の mixed up - its like mixing "the" and "of"!

and this is a different word order:
 <font color=red>中国</font><b>を中心に</b>議論をする
 <font color=red>focus</font> <b>を中心に</b> discussion を suru
<font color=red>china</font> <b>as the center</b> lets discuss
dc
see [basis-of-action-group] for similar items and comparisons.
dc
In the first example, thye Japanese version is okay but the English version should be modified. "In the middle of the station" sounds like all shops are "in" the station. It should be 駅の周りに. However, that deviates from を中心に. I suggest deletion of the first example.
bamboo4
You can probably say as English translation of the first example, "centered around the station" and you don't have to delete it. I think though that translation is kind of awkward.
bamboo4
Perhaps literally this is "taking the station as the center there are lots of shops"
dc
As for the second example, overseas expansion plan would be 海外発展計画 or 海外展開計画. Please check 海外拠点 in ALC(www.alc.co.jp).
Miki
毎度!修理しました!
dc
Hooray!
bamboo4
boo! one more correction. 中国を 海外展開計画_の_中心に 議論しましょう
Miki
boo back! I think i got it. but please check the last example in notes above - not sure why there are two items with を - implies two subjects does it not?
dc
中国を中心に議論しましょう = OK?
中国を中心に議論をしましょう = needs を ?
dc
You can have を particularly as an emphasis.
As a refinement of 中国を中心に議論しましょう, you can consider 中国を中心に置いて(中心として)議論しましょう. Don't get me wrong,the example as shown is OK.
bamboo4
ex3209 When you say 東北日本、西南日本, it means Northeast part and southeast part of Japanese archipelago divided in the line from Itoigawa糸魚川, Niigata Pref. to Shizuoka.
Miki
Instaed of 「この地方を中心として、山地は、東北日本では三列に、西南日本では二列に分かれて連なっています。」, how about 「この地方を中心として、東北側では3列に、西南部では2列に山脈が連なっています。」?
Miki
あっ、しまった。 西南側 is beeter for consistency.
Miki
First example is a literal physical centre - with 'in the centre of' meaning, second is a metaphorical centre - with the 'centre on' meaning.
Amatuka
I edited #3209. If anyone does not like what I did, just holler.
bamboo4
まあ、この辺りでいいんじゃないですか。
bamboo4
を is used to mark a noun or noun phrase.

N = noun.
Amatuka