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I came across this example in a textbook, and I can't figure out the grammar of the 2nd sentence:
The correspondence from him that was expected has not come.
I've no idea what
事故にでもあった means. I can only imagine tokenizing as:
maybe I can imagine:
I had an accident
Not sure what to make of that
でも... I don't know.
Nov 27, 2015 at 18:52
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The ～にでも makes the sentence mean 'Could he have been involved in an accident or such?' It just makes the sentence politer than ～に alone. The last bit is a little odd too: ～のではあるまいか is a somewhat archaic way of saying ～のではないだろうか. The construction is used for offering a suggestion.
Nov 27, 2015 at 19:37
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