Recently, I have realized something interesting:

The following sentences are from Japanese lyrics of different songs, so they must be grammatically correct:





From the first three sentences, it seems that も always comes after the question word, as well as the particle that's with it(誰より、誰に、誰の心に). However, when it comes to the fourth, why is it suddenly いくつもの季節, instead of いくつの季節も, like 誰の心にも? Is it because of the absence of に? If use いくつもの季節 with に, would it become いくつもの季節に or いくつの季節にも?

  • the positioning of も affects the meaning of the sentence. I don't think it has anything to do with whether a word is interrogative or not.
    – Shurim
    Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 2:50
  • @Shurim could you explain a bit more?
    – dvx2718
    Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 3:16

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Whether the word marked by も is a question word or not is not important. In fact, the position of も remains unchanged when 誰 is replaced with 彼 in the first three examples.




As for the last one, (*) いくつの季節 is ungrammatical to begin with.

You wouldn’t ask:

(*) いくつの季節がありますか。

It should be:


いくつも does have a similar structure to 何も, 誰も, どこも and so on. However, like いつも, it is listed as a separate entry in dictionaries. Its meaning is close to たくさん when used in an affirmative sentence and あまり in a negative one. Like たくさん (but not あまり), it can take the form いくつもの to modify a noun.

You shouldn’t chop it up in the middlle, just like you shouldn’t split いつも into いつ and も.

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