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A girl is on a date with a hot guy in a flashy sports car

とにかくザックは注目を集める。

 車も目立てば、本人も目立つ。信号待ちで止まろうものなら道行く女性は皆振り返るし、中にはスマホのカメラを向ける人すらいる。

Why is も used twice here and not, for example, a は in the first part? Is this a fixed pattern which requires も both times? What nuance would be different if は were to be used?

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Yes, this is a fixed pattern that requires two も's. It's hard to explain "why", but Japanese も can be used twice to list two similar things (e.g., 国語も英語も得意です, 泣いても笑ってもこれで最後だ).

What nuance would be different if は were to be used?

Simply, 車は目立てば本人も目立つ would make no sense to me.

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  • 一応、「車は目立つわ本人は目立つ(わ)」という言い方はありますね… Mar 29, 2020 at 1:58

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