I am a bit puzzled by the use of ところ and its association with も in the following sentence

The attitude and behavior of the boy had caught on with some of the passengers and they convinced themselves that the boy was right.

The dictionary entries (wwwjdic) for ところ and ところも do not give a satisfying result so I tried for ところが (assuming that が and も does not change too much the meaning) which gives:

even so; however; still; whereupon; even though; nevertheless; on the contrary; as a matter of fact; despite;

However, it does not seem to work either

Could you help me ?

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    ところ is a noun, just look it up by itself.
    – Ringil
    Mar 20, 2020 at 18:23

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ところ, which literally just means "place", can be used to describe a quality or aspect of something. This is a metaphorical extension of ところ's literal meaning as a location in space/time.


Everyone has both good qualities and bad qualities.


He can be a bit of a chicken at times. (lit. He also has a slight cowardly aspect to him.)


There exists, as well, something slightly off about (a given subject).

In the case of your example, this "given subject" in my last example refers to 「さっきの少年の態度や言動」。

As an aside, the translation you give for 引っかかる (catch on with, i.e. become popular with) is not quite how it is being used here. It is being used in the sense of #5 here, as roughly: "having a sense that something's off".

Does this help you understand how ところ is being used?

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    yes, thank you for your very clear explaination, specially about the metaphorical extensions !
    – Makoto
    Mar 21, 2020 at 6:37

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