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meaning of 何台も何台も

letslearn

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皆さんこんにちは、
文の中で「何台も何台も」どういう意味ですか
文脈は。。。学校に校舎の中で火事になった。

けたたましいサイレンを鳴らして、消防車が、何台も何 台も走っていく.

A piercing siren rang out, Fire Engines, set off.

Is it saying many? Or asking how many?
何… how?
台… counter?

よろしくお願いします
 

nekojita

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Just "many".

Here 何 is just standing in for an unspecified number (台 is indeed the counter for vehicles).
 

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I can find 台も as meaning unit. As in 車三台も 3 cars.
 

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No. The point is the structure "interrogative + も". You've learned 誰も, どこも or いつも is not used for questions(except yes-no question), right?
 

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誰も anybody/nobody
いつも always/never
どこも anywhere/ nowhere
何台も any number/ no number.

So 何台も何台も in this case would be emphasising any number (many in this case) of fire engines are coming because of the ear-splitting sound.
 

Toritoribe

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The -te form means "with (their sirens blaring)" in that case, not indicating "reason/cause".
走っていく is not "are coming".
 

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Teiku can mean to start towards or begin etc so is it more like..

With their ear piercing sirens ringing, many Fire Engines, proceeded towards the fire.
 

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Right. Just one more thing, 何台も何台も, not just 何台も, shows that fire-engines run over again and again.
 

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Thanks for your great explanations nekojitasan and toritoribesan.
 
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