Context: Weird things have been happening, people dead coming back to life for short time. Character A has mentioned that to B, and B explains they heard about it from books and that it might involve necromancy. Character A replies:


Now, I have found references that ちょっとそこまで can mean asking to step away/out for a while, excusing oneself to go to bathroom and such. But here I don't think this is a case. I'm FAR from certain, but I feel A is replying saying that that idea (necromancy thing) is a bit too much or something? Am I close orrr...

Then again if she dissagrees, why use も with わたし?

  • Some linguistic context could help a lot. What did people actually say before this?
    – user1478
    Commented Feb 3, 2018 at 14:26

1 Answer 1


Judging from your explanation of the context,


would mean:

「わたしも、ちょっとそこまでは(わかりません, わかりかねます, etc.)。」

= "I couldn't really be sure about that." (that = necromancy)

= "The matter is beyond my comprehension."

Negative words and phrases are often left unsaid in informal Japanese and the word 「ちょっと」 enables us to safely omit them without worrying about the listener not understanding the speaker.

So, why use 「も」? This 「も」 is not the clear-cut "too" or "also". Instead, it is used to imply that the speaker thinks that the listener himself (B) would probably be also unsure about the relevance of necromancy here.

Finally, there would be no chance that this 「ちょっとそこまで」 has anything to do with the common phrase uttered when stepping out for a while. Why not? Because it ends with the particle 「は」, which alone suggests something was left unsaid. You never use 「は」 at the end of the phrase for stepping out for a minute.

  • I did suspect it for just that reason. I assumed something was being left out. Soo, how is that meaning (something being beyond A's comprehension) from ちょっとそこまで? そこまで indicates up to that level of understanding (since B knows this from books and A is not that educated) and ちょっと indicates that A's knowledge is little/bit? Commented Feb 3, 2018 at 18:16

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