I am currently reading 天気の子 by 新海誠。There is a passage which I can't figure out which uses the phrase なくも over and over. Other posts mention なく or も separately, but not together (that I've found). I understand that "~もない (~もなく) can mean 'not even~' or 'without (even) ~' but I was wondering what なくも means instead. Also, why are there no commas between the repetitions. Sorry if this has been asked/answered elsewhere. Here is the sentence:



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This looks more like a creative choice to show an idea in the character's mind flopping over and over, trying to figure it out. Kind of like - "...or that's what it seems...or not? Or not not? Or not not not?"

  • Thank you, a bit like they are saying "I think you should not not do it, but maybe you should? Or shouldn't?"
    – user51056
    Apr 12, 2022 at 11:02
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    @palmon - しなくもない is the standard form. しなくもなくもない is sometimes said jokingly. This is an extreme case of that.
    – aguijonazo
    Apr 12, 2022 at 11:04

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