I'm a totally newbie in learning Japanese and I'm struggling to understand that sentence:


I know おじいさん is "grandfather" and it seems like はない means "is not present", but if so I don't understand the role of the particle を.

The following part is quite dark to me: maybe だもの could indicate a reason, but I'm not sure about it.

Thank you.

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    をやらせても <- You sure you've copied it correctly? It should be なをやらせても.
    – chocolate
    Commented Aug 11, 2020 at 13:33
  • Welcome to JLSE. You've shown your research effort, so I voted to reopen this question. Meanwhile, as Chocolated pointed out, this ないを is clearly a typo for なにを. Does this help you understand the sentence more?
    – naruto
    Commented Aug 11, 2020 at 14:01

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This ない is clearly a typo for なに.


  • Grandpa is no-good whatever we have him to do.
  • I can't get my grandpa to do anything!
  • Thank you, your explanation is very clear!
    – Fede
    Commented Aug 11, 2020 at 22:20

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