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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 「ソウルにいるのも今夜きりです」

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 teaching ...
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かわりもしますよ what is the meaning of this も?

I usually do not ask a question here unless after trying multiple times I am still stumped and admit defeat. I understand that かわりもしない would mean "has not changed even a single bit" putting ...
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だれでも楽しむ corrected to だれもが楽しむ. Why?

A Japanese learner I know had written a sentence that contained the phrase 「日本の文化はだれでも楽しむものじゃないか?」, however this was corrected to 「日本の文化はだれもが楽しむものじゃないか?」 by a native speaker. Based on the ...
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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。(『この素晴らしい世界に祝福を』シリーズ、第一巻) I would assume it means something close ...
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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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How to parse 親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだ

親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだよ The context is that speaker (a child) is trying to find the meaning of a word and asks her friend if she can borrow a dictionary. The friend ridicules her. She brushes aside ...
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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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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 them ...
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さえ: How to use it?

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 that でさえ is the same as さえ in a sentence like 子供さえわかる. But isn't で the 連用形 of だ? I would ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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Usage of も in そんなこともないけど

Context: a guy has invited his girlfriend over to study, and the girlfriend finds a dirty magazine. The following exchange takes place: 男 : 香奈さん? 今日はテスト勉強しにいらしたのでしょう? 女 : 何が勉強だし! ...
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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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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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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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Use of Adjective + のも

さらに冬になれば雪が積もって交通の便が悪いし、暮らすにはいささか苦労が多いのも難点だ I'm familiar with Vのは → Vのも for multiple nominalized items, but this use of it has me stumped. "Because of the transportation issues after the snow piles ...
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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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Understanding the も in 見るも

その日。彼女のもとに、招かれざる客が現れた。 見るも巨大な鉄の塊。長い手足の歪な人型。 そんな異形共が、彼女の領域を侵したのである。 What would be the function of the bold も?
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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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What's the 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this とも or と plus も?

An excerpt from Harry Potter (Japanese translation); その時ハリーは、勇敢とも、間抜けともいえるような行動に出た。 Then Harry behaved in a way you could call both brave and idiotic. (My TL) I think the meaning of the sentence is ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of も in 3つ も

I've got this sentence that I'm not sure if it is grammatically correct: 今月、 大切な テスト が 3つ も あります It supposedly translates to I have three important tests this month. Why the も, though? The counter ...
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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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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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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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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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「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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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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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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一度(も・でも・さえ・こそ)会ったことがあれば、友だちだと考える人がいる

Japanese 「新完全マスター文法 日本語能力試験N3」という文法の教科書の148ページに、 次の文法問題が書いてあります。 一度(   )会ったことがあれば、友だちだと考える人がいる。 1 も    2 でも    3 さえ    4 こそ 私は「3 さえ」を選びましたが、正解は「2 でも」です。 私の分析 この本の32ページに、「3 さえ」について次の説明があります。 〜さえ〜ば…・〜...
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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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What does 高層ビルに何車線もの道路。mean?

高層ビルに何車線もの道路。 I don't understand why they would use the word ''road'' talking about skyscrapers. I don't entirely get the 何車線も structure either. It reminds me of 何年も but I still can't understand ...
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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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Can "date + にも" mean "as soon as"?

This article from NHK News Web Easy has the following sentence: 環境省は、今年7月にも会議を開いて、法律を変えるための準備をする予定です。 Based on my understanding that も roughly means "even," my naïve translation is that ...
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What is the meaning of にも?

What does にも mean in this sentence? ムン大統領は、北朝鮮の選手たちにもオリンピックに出てほしいと考えています。 (full text here) I've found a topic where にも is discussed but it's not the same context and the explanations doesn't ...
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How is も being used in "トムのうるさいいびきで一睡もできなかった。"?

The sentence トムのうるさいいびきで一睡もできなかった。 apparently translates to Tom's loud snoring kept me awake all night. Question: What is the role that the も particle is playing in this sentence (via "一睡も&...
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