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N2 Lesson 10: 20/21

のも(もっと)もだ

May well, Have or has good reason for, No wonder, … Is only natural

Structure

Verb + (1) + もっとも +
[い]Adjective + (1) + もっとも +
[な]Adjective + (1) + もっとも +
Noun + (2) + もっとも

(1)
(2)

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About のももっともだ

のももっともだ is a combination of の, も, the な-Adjective もっとも, meaning 'reasonable', or 'plausible', and the auxiliary verb だ. In many cases, the interpretation will be 'it may well be (A)', 'it's only natural that (A)', or 'there's no wonder that (A)'. However, (もっと)も itself is simply an adjective that affirms that the speaker understands the thought process behind (A), and that it is logical to them, regardless of whether or not they actually agree with it themselves. Due to this, 'it may well be (A)' in English is actually a very close translation of the feeling behind the expression.
のももっともだ will appear with verbs, い-Adjectives, な-Adjectives, and nouns. In the case of nouns, the の will be dropped, as the noun itself will become the expression being marked as the focus.
  • そんなことを彼女(かのじょ)()ったのか?彼女(かのじょ)(おこ)のももっともだ
    You said something like that to your girlfriend? She has every right to be angry.
  • (かれ)はいつも(よる)(おそ)くまで残業(ざんぎょう)をしているから、いつも(ねむ)のももっともだ
    He always works late at night, so it's no wonder he's always sleepy.
  • (かれ)高校生(こうこうせい)(ころ)から毎日(まいにち)日本語(にほんご)勉強(べんきょう)をしてきた。上手(じょうず)のももっともだ
    He has studied Japanese every day since high school. It is no wonder he is so good at it.
  • (おや)反対(はんたい)ももっともだが、(おれ)はもう(おれ)のやり(かた)でやると()めたから(おや)意見(いけん)()わすつもりはない。
    My parents have a good reason to object, but I've already decided to do things my way, so I'm not going to conform to my parents' views.
Due to のももっともだ being used when the speaker is expressing that they understand the underlying reasons behind something, phrases used for explanation such as から or ので will often be seen in the same sentence.

Examples

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    状況(じょうきょう)からして、(かれ)らがそう(かんが)えたのも(もっと)だ。

    Given the situation, no wonder they thought so.

    彼女(かのじょ)(いか)(もっと)だ。オレがお()()りの花瓶(かびん)(こわ)しちゃったから。

    There is good reason for her anger. It is because I broke her favorite vase.

    (かれ)(つく)った料理(りょうり)美味(おい)しいのも(もっと)だ。十歳(じゅっさい)から一人(ひとり)料理(りょうり)をしてきたやつだけのことはある。

    It is only natural that the dish he made is tasty. This can be expected from a guy who has been cooking by himself since he was 10.

    (かれ)海水浴(かいすいよく)(きら)なのも(もっと)だ。(むかし)(うみ)(おぼ)れかけたことがあるから。

    There is good reason for him to hate swimming in the ocean. He nearly drowned some time ago.

    SNSの投稿(とうこう)回数(かいすう)()らしたのも(もっと)だ。彼女(かのじょ)(いそが)しすぎる。

    It is only natural that number of SNS messages she sends has decreased. She is much too busy.

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