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I've run into this use of も a few times and I'm not sure what to make of it. Here's the sentence I'm confused about:

余裕を見せていられるのも、いまの内だ。

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  • Where did you find this? Just curious :).
    – MickG
    Oct 20, 2021 at 12:15

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「[余裕]{よゆう}を[見]{み}せていられるのも、いまの[内]{うち}だ。」

The 「の」 is a nominalizing particle. It enables the verb phrase 「見せていられる」 to function as a noun.

The 「も」 is kind of like "also" but not quite in that it only hints at a possibility that there might be another thing that the speaker thinks applies besides 余裕を見せていられること.

「"Verb phrase in potential" + の + も + いまのうちだ。」 means:

"The situation where you could be (verb phrase) will not last long."

余裕を見せていられる = "(you could be) looking like you have leeway"

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