Learn JLPT N2 Grammar (mono nara)


if [A] is possible, then [B]; if one can do something.

How to use

Verb (potential form れる)ものなら
もんなら (spoken)

Learn Japanese grammar: (mono nara). Meaning: if [A] is possible, then [B]; if one can do something.

It implies that the task is either impossible or very unlikely.

Basic Examples / 例

  • 行けるものなら 【いけるものなら】(If I can go, then..)
  • 戻れるものなら 【もどれるものなら】 (If I can return, then..)
  • 休めるものなら 【やすめるものなら】(If I can take a vacation / break, then..)
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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

yareru mon nara, yatte miro.
If you can do it, let's see you try.
Example #2

tomerareru mono nara tomete miru ga yoi.
Try and stop me if you can.
Example #3

yari naoseru mono nara yarinaoshitai.
I wish I could start over..
Example #4

wasurerareru mono nara, wasuretai yo.
I wish I could forget it.
Example #5

karera ga yareru mono nara yarasete miro.
Let them try it if they dare.
Example #6

umarekawareru mono nara, tori ni naritai. datte sora o tobitai nda mon.
If I could be reborn, I'd want to be a bird. Then I could fly through the sky.
Example #7

kaereru mono nara, ima sugu kikoku shitai.
If I could, I would return to my home country right away.

Vocabulary List

戻れるもどれるto return
帰国きこくto return to one's home country
生まれ変わるうまれかわるto be reborn
飛ぶとぶto fly; jump
やり直すやりなおすto start over; to redo

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