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I found Shimazaki Touson's work 'shiawase', and read the first few lines:


My question is how I can translate


I understand that "doko" means "where", but in this position I can't imagine how to interpret. Thank you for reading my question.

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The [question word]+[verb in ~て form]+[particle も] construction is usually translated as whoever, wherever, whatever, whichever etc.

Some other examples would be

Whoever we asked, nobody knew the answer.

Whatever I did, it was hopeless.

Whichever example I write, the sentence structure is the same.

Now, in your sentence:

Whichever house we visited, everyone would receive us with open arms without fail.

or something that makes more sense in the context.

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The たずねる in this context is more likely 訪ねる which is "to visit", instead of 尋ねる ("ask/inquire"). – istrasci Jun 13 '13 at 14:29
@Earthling, what is your native language? – yadokari Jun 13 '13 at 16:05
Let me guess... ドイツ語! – user1016 Jun 13 '13 at 16:12
Really? I always assumed it was English! – snailboat Jun 13 '13 at 16:36
@Chocolate Hehe, if my account wasn't affiliated with German.SE, your guess would have been truly remarkable. What gave me away? – Earthliŋ Jun 13 '13 at 17:02

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