Questions tagged [particle-でも]

助詞「でも」. Sometimes considered a single particle and listed as 係助詞 or 副助詞 in most dictionaries. This is derived from, but not the same as, the combination of either copular で or case particle で plus も.

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Meaning of “でも” in “食事でもどうですか?”

I've found this sentence on alc.co.jp 食事でもどうですか and I am puzzled as to meaning this でも conveys. How does it differ from 食事はどうですか which would be my first choice; however, according to google, ...
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Meaning of でも or ちょうだい in テレビでも見てちょうだい

Two kids are playing 'house' ままごと. The speaker is happy. The person she is speaking to has just suggested that it's pointless. 「まったくおとうさんは現実的なんだから。さあ、テレビでも見てちょうだい。ほら、キンちゃんがでてるわよ」 Good grief, it's ...
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Why でも is used rather than も in this sentence?

もし時間がないなら、明日でもいいよ。Why is the particle で used? With time expressions the で particle expresses time limit. So it's weird to see the で with 明日. 明日もいいよ seems better(?). でも here can be the "even though/...
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Why does 「でも」make question words mean 'any'?

いつ、どう、どれ、どこ、だれ、なに、etc. are all question words. However, いつでも、どうでも、どれでも、どこでも、だれでも、なんでも、etc, all mean 'Any ___'. What's making this happen? Is it just a special exception that evolved over time, or is ...
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Meaning of も vs でも for “even”

I'm wondering about the difference between も and でも for their "even" meaning. Using example sentences from A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, 私は難しい仕事でもする。(original, pg 112) 私は難しい仕事もする。(...
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Two も clauses and then です

When saying that someone or something is both this and that, is XもYもです appropriate? 彼は画家も教師もです。 I ask both for written and spoken. I feel like the copula is already a である so it should be something ...
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Different ways to say even

I wanted to say: I don't use Skype. I'm so old fashioned that I don't even have a mobile (cell) phone. This is what I went for: Skypeを使いません。携帯もないほどなかなか懐古的なのです。 Please correct me if any this is ...
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A question concerning どなたかにでも

In a story I was reading, the protagonist was given a reward he didn't want or have use for and the person giving the reward said "では、どなたかにでもあげて下さい。" What does どなたかにでも mean? Is the speaker saying "...