JLPT N2 Grammar (wa moto yori)


also; let alone; from the beginning

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Noun + はもとより~も
wa moto yori はもとより jlpt n2 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: は元より 【】(wa moto yori). Meaning: also; let alone; from the beginning.

This has 3 main meanings, outlined below:

Meaning 1) Negative

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

Positive sentences translate to “also”.

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

Meaning 3)

Means either “from the beginning”, “all along”, or “of course”.

  • See examples 6~7.

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Example #1

watashi wa kuruma wa moto yori jitensha mo nai n desu.
I don't have a bicycle, let alone a car.
Example #2

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

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

mitame wa moto yori aji mo saikou desu yo!
Not only does it look good, but the taste is also great!
Example #5

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

boku wa moto yori shitteita.
I knew from the very beginning.
Example #7

boku wa moto yori sansei da.
I am of course in favor of this.

Vocabulary List

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
ぼくI (boy / man)

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