Can someone help me understand the meaning of どれどれ、見せてもらおうかな? Specifically with the word もらおうかな if it is a verb, a contraction and show me some examples.

Thank you very much in advance.


This construction is an informal version of 見せてもらおうかな, parsed as

見せてもらおう volitional form of the compound verb 見せてもらう
かな sentence-ending particle indicating uncertainty (or a tentative question)

It means something like "Maybe I should get a look at it (from someone)", depending on the context in which it is used.

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  • Thank you so so so much. It is the first time that I ask a question and I did not think they answered me so quickly So it was just an informal volitional way of the verb 貰う, I spent more than an hour searching the internet for meaning I think if they had used the kanji 貰 in the sentence, it would have been easier to understand it Te mando un saludo desde México y gracias por tu respuesta – Samael Lara Jun 21 at 19:52
  • please upvote if you found the answer helpful :) – kandyman Jun 21 at 20:11
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    @SamaelLara もらう is almost never written with Kanji, sorry to say – Aeon Akechi Jun 21 at 20:44
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    "This construction is an informal version of 見せてもらおうかな" Am I missing something, is there another version mentioned somewhere? – Leebo Jun 21 at 22:11
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    It was different before. He edited it after I answered I think – kandyman Jun 21 at 23:08


The literal translation would be:

What's going on, let me have a look?

So it's a commanded request, most likely from a parent/teacher/superior/etc. If it was for someone on equal stature, I would use 見せてもらえる? For someone above me, it would be 見せてもらえませんか?

-- Starfox

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