Tomoseki

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Oct
11
comment は can mean “at least?”
Concerning the function of は, it is most natural to suggest the existence of the double amount of the original quantifier, although it doesn't have to be an exact double. This has no established source. I am suggesting it from my native speaker's instinct. Japanese number system is based on two multiples. (eg. 1:hitotsu/2:hutatsu, 3:mittsu/6:muttsu, 4:yottsu/8:yattsu) Quantifier+はorも 10回は行く=(20回は行かないが、)10回は行く →at least 10 times 10回も行く=(5回も行く。それだけではなく、)10回も行く →as many times as 10 times は:comparison between X & Y, X≠Y, restrictive も:comparison between X & Y, X=Y, additive
Oct
11
answered は can mean “at least?”