In the following sentence


what does のも mean?

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Put simply, the の after 忙しすぎる and 余る is acting to convert those verbs to nouns, and the も is acting in the sense of "also" (like in クッキーも食べたい, "I want to eat a cookie too").

こと(事)can also be used to treat a verb as a noun, but it has a more formal ring to me.

I haven't seen the word 考えもの used too often, but here is a guess at translating that sentence.

I think being too busy isn't ideal, but neither is having too much free time.


You can think of it is a combination of the normalizer (の) which changes the previous verb or sentence into a noun phrase and the particle (も) meaning "also" or "too" which is connecting the two following phrases.

  1. 仕事が忙しすぎるの (Working being too busy) + も

  2. 時間が余るの (Having too much time) + も

Combining the two you get: "Work being too busy is something to think about, but having too much time is also"

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