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The sentence above has --for me-- some confusing verb tensing. In particular, もたくなくてもいい. This much I think I understand: Because there is a bellboy, I don't need to want to hold the luggage. Is this: ベルボーイがいますから、にもつをもたなくてもいいです。 different from the original sentence?

In short, what is もたくなくてもいい supposed to convey that もたなくてもいい doesn't or can't?

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Looks like a typo to me. Should be 持たなくてもいい. I don't think there's a verb もる that would make sense at all. It can't be "want to carry" because that would be 持ちたい or 持ちたくない as a negative. –  ssb Apr 12 '13 at 6:05
Where did this sentence come from? :) –  summea Apr 12 '13 at 23:14

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もたくなくてもいい doesn't make sense at all. If this is from a native speaker of Japanese, it could be a dialect, but it's so uncommon. It should be 持たなくてもいいです。If you want to say something like, "you/I don't have to want to carry/hold it" 持ちたくなくてもいいです but it doesn't sound natural in this context "ベルボーイがいますから."  持ちたくなかったら、持たなくてもいいです is good.

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