Learn JLPT N2 Grammar (wa moto yori)

Meaning

also; let alone; from the beginning

How to use

Noun はもとより~も

Learn Japanese grammar: (wa moto yori). Meaning: also; let alone; from the beginning.

(wa moto yori) has 3 main meanings, outlined below:

Meaning 1) Negative sentences translate to the expression “let alone”.

  • “I don’t have any money, let alone a job..”
  • See examples 1~2

Meaning 2) Positive sentences translate to “also”.

  • “Vegetables are good for our health, and also delicious.”
  • See examples 3~5

Meaning 3) “from the beginning” & “of course”

  • “I knew all along”
  • See examples 6~7

There are many variations of より, see them all in the related grammar.

JLPT grammar はもとより (wa moto yori)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

もちろん車もないし
watashi wa kuruma wa moto yori jitensha mo nai n desu.
I don't have a bicycle, let alone a car.
Example #2

わたしがうまれたむらは、でんしゃはもとより、バスもぜんぜんない。
watashi ga umareta mura wa, densha wa moto yori, basu mo zenzen nai.
There are no trains, let alone buses in the village I was born in.
Example #3

もちろんサラダで食べるのも美味しいし
kyabetsu wa sarada de taberu no wa moto yori, itametemo oishii.
Cabbage is of course good in salad, but it is also good in stir-fry.
Example #4

もちろん味も美味しいし
mitame wa moto yori aji mo saikou desu yo!
Not only does it look good, but the taste is also great!
Example #5

イギリスではどようびはもとより金曜のごごまでやすみにしているかいしゃもある。
igirisu de wa doyoubi wa motoyori kinyou no gogo made yasumi ni shiteiru kaisha mo aru.
There are companies in England that not only take Saturday's off, but Friday afternoons off as well.
Example #6

ぼくはもとよりしっていた。
boku wa moto yori shitteita.
I knew from the very beginning.
Example #7

ぼくはもとよりさんせいだ。
boku wa moto yori sansei da.
I am of course in favor of this.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
自転車じてんしゃbicycle
生まれたうまれたto be born
全然ぜんぜんnot at all
炒めるいためるto stir fry; cook
美味しいおいしいdelicious
見た目みためappearance
あじtaste
最高さいこうbest
午後ごごafternoon
ぼくI (boy / man)
賛成さんせいagreement

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