I found the combination "もらってもらう" in a text in 新完全文法N1, page 142:


My questions are as follows:

  • What does this expression mean as a whole?
  • How can you break down the expression to explain its meaning?

もらう/いただく are usually translated as "receive".
もらう/いただく can also be used as an auxiliary verb when someone does something for you.
The subject of the sentence is usually the speaker (私) and can be omitted.


He writes for me.
Literally: I receive from him the act of writing.

So in the following sentence, the first もらう means "receive".
But the second もらう is an auxiliary verb.
To have people accept my clothes.
Literally: to receive from people the act of receiving my clothes.

More details can be found in "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar", page 263.

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