I am trying to understand


and have broken it into pieces:


  1. Which reading of 人 is here being used? Is 人 here being used as a counter?

  2. Are there any implicit particles being dropped after 10人 or 兄弟?


  1. Is し being used here as a conjunctive?

  2. Why is と being used after 誰一人?

  3. Is a good translation of this clause something like: "there doesn't exist a single friendly person"?


  1. Is there an implicit を particle being dropped here after 誰の連絡先 (since there is a も), since 知らない is a transitive verb and 誰の連絡先 is the direct object of this?
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    Isn't there も after 誰一人と?
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 1:34
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    仲(が)いい means 'close [to someone]', not 'friendly'
    – Angelos
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 11:29

1 Answer 1

  1. にん. It's a counter. も indicates 10 is a big number ("as many as 10").
  2. Nothing is omitted after 10人 (も is explicitly there). が is omitted after 兄弟.
  3. Yes, it's basically "and", but has a nuance of "moreoever" or "what's worse/more".
  4. This と after 誰一人 is "with". AはBと仲が良い means "A is in good terms with B" or "A gets along with B". I believe も is missing after 誰一人と.
  5. A literal translation would be "(my true mother) is not in good terms with anyone".
  6. Yes, (interrogative +) も (+ ~ない) works by replacing を and が, but it doesn't replace other particles like と, に, へ and から. Compare:
    • 何も買わない。
      I'll buy nothing.
      (も has replaced を)
    • どこへも行かない。
      I'll go nowhere.
      (も follows へ)

My (real) mother has (as many as) 10 siblings, but she gets along with no one (of them) and (what's worse) knows the contact information of no one.

  • Is なんてin this case equivalent to 「何と言う」, or is it being used in its 等 + とて sense?
    – George
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 3:51
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    @George No, this なんて is just a nuanced topic marker. It's closer to など described here. This なんて adds a nuance like "hey my mom is worse!".
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 3:58
  • In more idiomatic English: "My real mother has all of 10 siblings, but doesn't get along with any of them, and doesn't even have any of their contact information." Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 19:40

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