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Questions tagged [particle-も]

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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The meaning of 殺しても殺したりねぇ

I found this in a video game. It says 「殺しても【ころしても】殺したりねぇ【ころしたりねぇ】」. So, my rough estimate was "Even killing (you) won't kill you". Is this correct? Also, what type of sentence is this?
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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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volitional + nimo 作ろう+にも?

What does the 「にも」 after the volitional form 「作る」 do here? 死んだら食べ物は必要ないし、死んでるんだから、物は当然産まれない。作ろうにも材料も何もないし。 がっかりさせて悪いけど、天国にはね、何にもないのよ。 I would assume it means something close to "in order to" but I'...
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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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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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Why does も move in sentences involving だれも etc

丸尾君はだれに頼まれたわけでもないのに、ひとりで教室の拭きそうじをしていた。 Although it's not the case that Maruo was asked by anyone, he did the classroom cleaning by himself. ...わけではない = It's not the case that ... だれも = anyone I'm ...
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をも: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

日本で英語を教えたい。彼も教えたい。 I want to teach English in Japan. He also wants to teach. But if I were referring to myself in both sentences and talking about two different activities that I want to do: ...
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Difference between も and だって

Both of those particles can mean "too", "even" or "any" (when used with wh-question). Do they have any difference in meaning or connotation when used like this? E.g. 私もフランスに行きたい vs 私だってフランスに行きたい.
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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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How to express “with (x) as well” and “even with (x)”

I am trying to express something akin to these sentences: Even with a spoon, he digs well (でも?) Even without a shovel, he digs well I would also like to express this: With a shovel as ...
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“10倍もの” vs “10倍の”

Good afternoon all, I understand that "X倍の" means "X times of", however sometimes I see the phrase "X倍もの" and I was wondering what it means. For example, in the sentence: 人間の脳には、約140億の神経細胞と、...
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meaning of にもin その話は前にも聞いたよ。

その話は前にも聞いたよ。is translated as "I heard that story before". I assume that the subject is implicit, その話 "that story" is the topic, 前 is "before" and 聞いた is the past of hear. What about にも? Why is 前 ...
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What is the difference between 〜るも and 〜ても

In grammar textbooks I see the 〜ても pattern clearly defined, but recently I've encountered a similar usage of も that I can't find a good explanation for. Here are two examples: 国民栄誉賞を打診されるもこれを固辞 (...
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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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What is an emphatic particle?

The explanation I have found says that it is a particle on the end of the sentence. However, in the book I am reading (An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese) it is stated that も is an ...
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Is this も of concession? いきなり言われても分からない!

I understand that the meaning is loosely something along the lines of "Asking me so suddenly... I don't know!". But I want to understand the function of も here. I thought for a time that it is ...
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Why does 考えて need も in the “て + ごらん” pattern?

Consider these three lists: てごらん 考えてもごらん てもごらん In the verb-te form + ごらん structure, it seems that only the verb 考える needs to have も. (It seems that 考える can be used without も, but a cursory look ...
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も particle after an adverb

I know that も particle can be used in place of は、が、を. And it means "in addition", "also". What function does it have in this adverb "不運にも"? Should we treat it as a separate word here?
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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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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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誰も used in a positive sentence

I am reviewing the interrogative words like 何、誰、どこ etc. and I saw 誰も being used in a positive sentence, I wonder what the difference would be if みんな were used instead. For example: 誰もが知っている ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the も particle used when asking to borrow something?

If I ask, "Can I borrow a pencil?" I might say: エンピツを借りてもいいですか? Why do we use the も particle here, since we're not saying also this or that? To express also is the main usage of mo I'm familiar with.
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「持っていっていい」 same as ? 「持っていってもいい」?

Is 「持っていっていい」 just 「持っていってもいい」 with the 「も」 omitted? I know 「てもいい」 means something along the lines of "may I" etc, is it the same for 「ていい」 or is there a slight difference?
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Shouldn't this も be が?

This sentence is in my JLPT practise book in a section on the use of 目{め}まぐるしい: 社会{しゃかい}の目{め}まぐるしい変化{へんか}についていけず、時代{じだい}遅{おく}れになる会社{かいしゃ}も多{おお}い。 I think the sentence is saying, "There are lots of ...
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犬と猫が好き or 犬も猫も好き, which one is correct?

If both are correct, are there any differences between them?
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Where is the topic in a Japanese sentence?

I'm currently learning Japanese, and I realise that the language has something known as a topic, something which is unheard of in English. According to Wikipedia, It is written with the hiragana は,...
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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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It is も and した right?

彼女へのあげたプレゼントはご千円もした。The bolded part is も and した right? Why is the particle も used there? While も rarely poses a problem in understanding a sentence, I often feel like I don't really understand why ...
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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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Use of particles for なにも in response to the question “What is in something?”

If the answer to the question, "What is in the pocket?" is "Nothing is in the pocket." is the topic marker が needed after "Nothing" (i.e., "なにもが ..." or just "なにも ...")?
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Sentence ending with でもあった

I found this sentence on a visual novel, and it's the first time I see でも+あった at the end of a phrase, what does it mean? This is the sentence: だがその偶然はあらかじめ決められていた世界の意志でもあった。 Thank you in advance ...
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Use of も in 一緒に写真を撮ってもいいですか?

I understand the sentence "Can I take a picture with you?" in Japanese overall, but I am a bit confused as for why one can use the particle も in the sentence? What does it do? Thanks for the help! C
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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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何 + te-form + も (何 by itself to mean “something”)

I recently came across this sentence, and I'm having trouble figuring out what 何 is doing. (I'm fine with the rest.) 何があっても、大丈夫だろ。 Based on context, my best attempt is: even if something were to ...
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grammar usage:xもyもzもあります vs xとyとzはあります

I read the first sentence in a graded reader, and I'm wondering why the author chose the first grammar pattern over the second. 絵本{えほん}もピアノもテレビもあります。 絵本とピアノとテレビがあります。 What is the difference in ...
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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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Using も when subject is different

The particle も is usually explained as similar to also. However, examples also always leans towards too, and always in the context of the sentence's subject (and always referring to the same subject). ...
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Meaning of も and は in this sentence

I think it is safe to assume the speaker is also not the most organised person in this sentence: 「あなた、もう少し計画的に行動した方がいいよ。わたしも他人のことは言えないけどさ」 You should behave a little more systematically. I ? can'...
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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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Meaning of でも in 残念でもしかたない

残念でもしかたない。 Even bad luck can't be helped. I know でも to mean either 'even..', '..or something', or as separate particles で+も. None of these interpretations really seem to fit here. I'm tempted to ...
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Meaning of も in Xは日本でも有名だ

新潟県長岡市の花火大会は日本でも有名で、2日間で100万人が見に来ます。 Nagaoka's firework display is famous in Japan, and 1 million people will come to see it over a two day period. What does the も (in bold) add to this sentence? ...
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the particle も in 「ここには1人もしっている人がいません」

ここには 1人(  ) しっている 人が いません。 (from #25 of http://jlpt.u-biq.org/3g1.html) A) が      B) は      C) で      D) も I know the answer is D, but what does the sentence mean? If しっている with kanji is 知っている, ...
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What does this mean in context? [幾本も幾本も]

From 銀河鉄道の夜(宮沢賢治) 二人がその白い道を 、 肩をならべて行きますと 、 二人の影は 、 ちょうど四方に窓のある部屋 の中の 、 二本の柱の影のように 、 また二つの車輪の輻のように幾本も幾本も四方へ出るのでした. What does 幾本も幾本も mean exactly and how is it used? How is it pronounced? Is it ...