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Context: a guy has invited his girlfriend over to study, and the girlfriend finds a dirty magazine. The following exchange takes place:
男 : 香奈さん? 今日はテスト勉強しにいらしたのでしょう？
女 : 何が勉強だし! どうせ千秋はこういうことばかり考えてたんでしょ！
男 : そんなこと もないけど…
Why did he say も here instead of saying そんなことないけど or something similar? I can't quite figure out in what sense the particle is being used. It doesn't seem to me a case of it being used in the sense of "even," or trying to show how big of a thing something is. It also doesn't immediately make sense to me for it to be in the sense of "also"; in that case it would mean "that's not the case" (in addition to other things not being the case), but the only way I can make that make sense is if I assume what he means is "I didn't invite you over for that, but I may not have invited you over to study either."
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Jul 29, 2017 at 7:25
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The も is used in the sense of...
「その件なら知らなく もない」「そんな感じがしないで もない」
The も softens the statement. 「そんなこと
もない」 sounds softer and less decisive/assertive than 「そんなこと はない」.
* 明鏡国語辞典 categorizes 係助詞(binding particles) as 副助詞(adverbial particles).
Jul 29, 2017 at 12:13
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I will logically strenghen ǝʇɐןoɔoɥƆ's answer.
It is 100% A. Ａもだ。Ｂもだ。
It is 50% A. Ａもだ。Ｂもだ。Ｃもだ。
It is 33% A. Ａもだ。
It is less than 100% A.
So, the も softens the statement. "Ａもだ" sounds softer and less decisive/assertive than "Ａだ".
Jul 29, 2017 at 14:08
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