I'm not certain what purpose も is serving here. I've seen its usage as "also," etc. but I am not certain if it is being used in the same manner here or being used with a different meaning.


Which according to another source should roughly translate as

「Let’s stop here for today. Tomorrow’s probably gonna be a pain. I just wanna go home and sleep for once.」
It was already past two in the morning. He said as such to Michiko. Holding back a yawn, he stretched out from the all-too-cramped driver’s seat.
"Is that so?"
Michiko remained indifferent. She had not been an especially talkative girl, but a full day of making the rounds had left her deathly silent.

  • I'm skeptical with the accuracy of the translation. It would help if you could include a few more preceding sentences. I guess it's more probably that it's Michiko who yawned and who said "Souka".
    – norio
    Mar 9, 2022 at 9:42
  • Yeah I am skeptical as well I've included a little bit of the preamble just to see if it changes anything but the other sources translation seems a little off too me as well.
    – Xanadulo
    Mar 10, 2022 at 11:20
  • Thank you for adding more text. My guess was wrong, and the translation looks good.
    – norio
    Mar 11, 2022 at 6:40

1 Answer 1


This も means "also". The word indicates similarity.

In this sentence,


も fits appropriately because the thought of Michiko is similar to that of the guy. In other words, Michiko basically agreed with the guy that they go home now.

In the quoted text,


means an acknowldgement of what the other person said, like 'O.K.', 'alright', etc.


means that Michiko did not particularly voice her disagreement.

I think も can be used even when two things are not exactly and literally the same but only similar in a broad sense. For example, I can think of the following description

AとBは週末の旅行について話していたが、話に区切りがついた。 Aは、机に向かって日本語の勉強を始めた。 B、数学の問題にもどった。

which means

A and B were talking about their trip planned on that weekend, and they came to a conclusion. A started studying Japanese language on his desk. B also got back to his mathematics problem.

Here A and B are now doing different things, but there is similarity that they started to do their own things.

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