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助詞「も」. Used with nouns and phrases to indicate "also".

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Odd use of も has me stumped

So I'm working through Makino and Tsutsui's Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, and I came across this sentence: ソウルにいるのも今夜きりです。 This is my last night left in Seoul. The entry is about ...
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What is the difference between 「とは限らない」and 「とも限らない」

When looking it up on the internet I find that とは限らない means 「イメージと違って、100%~と言えないという意味」. But the problem is I also get similar meanings for とも限らない. I've asked a Japanese speaker about it and they ...
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Use of も with counter

The writer is complaining that men are useless at cooking. They burn pans, they make more mess than is necessary and: ...、何枚も皿をつかう、... I can't fully understand this construction. I know the ...
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The use of でも and ででも in this sentence

A: あ……えっと……何か手伝うことは、ありますか? B: ん? あぁ、この辺はドシロウトにできるこっちゃないからな。 邪魔にならねぇように先にメシでも食って、後は舞台袖ででも大人しくしてな Pretty much in general でも and ても don't sit well in my mind. There have been a lot of times I see ...
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も in 「Vのもアレなんだけど」

I've read Need help with translating 今更聞くのもアレなんだけど and Meaning of a sentence with Aが言うのもなんだけど and other considerations, and understand that in a construction like 聞くのもアレなんだけど, アレ and なん are ...
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さえ how to use it

Hello I'm not sure I have understood well the nuances so I have a few questions: What is the difference between the sentences below: ビショップさえ取ればいいよ。 ビショップを取りさえすればいいよ。 I also saw on a site ...
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Using も in place of を

I'm currently trying to get back into studying Japanese. I want to take the JLPT N3 this summer. To get myself in the mode for this I am first looking at the N4 tests on the JLPT website. The ...
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Difference between と・や and も for lists?

I know that you use と for complete lists, and や for incomplete ones, but when would you use xもyも instead of xとy or xやy? Doesn't も usually replace は or が? Why is も used for lists at all?
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Difference between ~だろうと and ~でも

Is there a major difference between ~だろうと and ~でも constructions in nuance? Can ~だろうと only be used with question words? I've seen any volitional followed by と for an effect like ~ても, but usually only ...
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What is the も in 今年も used for ? What does 雨が少なく mean here, and why isn't it followed by a て?

I have the following translation for class. 今年も、 トゥーソンは、 雨が少なく、 水が不足して、 困るかもしれません。 So far, I have the following. This year also Tucson rain is little water has become ...
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What does 何+(counter)+も+volitional mean? e.g. 何機も買おう

I found this sentence as an answer to the question: "What are some of the symbols of Japan's wealth?" 次期主力戦闘機を何機も買おうとしていること I'm not sure whether it means they're buying a lot of next-generation ...
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Particle「も」in the sentence 「夏休みももう終わりだ」。

So, I'm quite a novice, and I'm having some difficulty parsing the sentence: 「 夏休{なつやす}みももう終{お}わりだ。」 I "understand" it means "Summer vacation's already over". I also understand 夏休み means summer ...
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What is this 「も」?

In Final Fantasy IV, a character says this line: 陛下にもお考えがあってのことだ。 "His Majesty must have his reasons [for sending you to steal the crystal]." Contextually, it does not make sense for it to be "...
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What's the grammatical breakdown of “知りもしないわ”?

Can you do this with any verb? e.g."食べもしないわ" Also what's the meaning of "わ" at the of verbs like "壊すわ"?
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Why is 「の」 used in 何十もの?

I was studying the words 何十/何百/何千, and I often see the particles「も」and「の」after. For example, 彼は何十冊もの日本に関する本を持っている。 Or, 高速道路は何千もの車で渋滞した。 The「も」I think is used to emphasize that there's a ...
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Particles で and も and でも

In both these sentences, what does でも mean? (I think I know the meaning of the sentences, just not the particles) カードでもいいですか。 なごやでもうっていますか。 I know that で is a particle that can denote location or ...
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What's the function of the particle も in 「かわいい写真たてもうれしかったけど、…」?

If you look at my translation of the sentence below from a text book (総まとめ N3 読解), I think you will agree that I have guessed the meaning correctly but can anyone explain the grammar to the first ...
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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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Why is も used instead of が in the sentence 「日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ」

What is the exact sentiment expressed by も in this sentence as opposed to が? 日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ It's a sentence in response to someone saying "I saw a spider in my room, I was scared".
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How do I interpret にならないとも限りません?

あの人を匿うことで迷惑な事態にならないとも限りません。 I'm having trouble interpreting the above phrase especially the とも。 Would it mean something like "Hiding that person might cause trouble(?)"
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Combination of verb + ことも

In the following sentence: 知りたい こと も、後で ちゃんと 教えてあげる… The first part: 知りたい こと, I understand as: what (you) want to know, because of -tai and koto combination. The second part: 後で ちゃんと 教えてあげる…, means ...
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Particle interpretation of 後でも

I've been puzzling over this sentence from the (excellent) Kanji in Context. 昔は、スポーツをして汗をかいた後でも水分をとってはいけないと言われていた。 I get that it means "In the past, I was told not to drink water (even) after doing ...
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function of the particle も in 「~も辞さない」

I came across the sentence「訴訟も辞さない」in a book today and even though I am able to understand its meaning, I can't figure out the actual function of も in this case. I looked into my grammar dictionary ...
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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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Understanding っていうのも

The kids have decided that they don't like their new teacher: A.「ああいうタイプは気取ってやがるに決まってるんだ」 It's certain that this kind of person acts like a snob B.「決まってるっていうのも強引だけどたいていそうだよね」 The thing you ...