I stumbled upon the following sentence in the J-drama "Mother".


A teacher is talking to a student who isn't doing an exercise. I'm aware that the teacher is asking whether there is a reason why the student can't do the exercise. But what is the でも doing there? I would understand a が.

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Do you have a reason or something why you can't write it?

From Wiktionary, the 5th definition, "or something".

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    I wasn't aware of that usage of でも. Thank you! Oct 17, 2016 at 19:40

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