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〜(よ)うにも〜ない

Usage:

Volitional Form of Verb + にも + Negative Potential Form of Verb


Meaning:

「〜(よ)うにも〜ない」means “I can’t … even if I want to…”.

Examples:

風邪かぜのどいたくて、こえそうにもせない。
I have a sore throat due to a cold and I can’t speak even if I want to.
 
こんなにさわがしい部屋へやでは、あかちゃんをかせようにもかせられない。
In such a noisy room, I can’t put my baby to sleep even if I want to.
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