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N3 Lesson 7: 4/21

尤(もっと)も
although, but・however, for all that・provided that

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Phrase (A)。もっとも + Phrase (B)。
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もっとも, sometimes also seen as 尤(もっと)も, is a 接続詞(せつぞくし) (conjunction) that is used to clarify when (A) is not the only important thing to be considered. This expression is usually translated as ‘although’. However, ‘for all that’, or ‘with that said’ are also accurate translations, depending on the context. Let’s look at a few examples.
  • 私(わたし)妹(いもうと)はピアノ弾(ひ)くのがじょうずもっとも、弾(ひ)けるは一曲(いっきょく)だけ
    My sister is good at playing the piano. Although, she can only play one song.
  • 俺(おれ)はすき焼(や)きが大好(だいす)きもっとも、毎日(まいにち)食(た)べれる訳(わけ)では無(な)い。
    I love sukiyaki. Although, it does not mean that I can eat it everyday.
Due to もっとも offering clarification about something, the (B) phrase will often end with が, けど, けれども, and other similar expressions.
When もっとも is used, the speaker is agreeing that (A) is true, but not the whole picture. As a noun itself, 尤(もっと)も can be described as 道理に適(かな)う, which means ‘to stand to reason’. This nuance is kept, and may also be used as an accurate translation for もっとも as a conjunction.
  • 私(わたし)は韓国(かんこく)についてものすごく詳(くわ)しいですもっとも、韓国(かんこく)は行(い)った事(こと)が無(な)いけど
    I am very knowledgeable about Korea, although I have never been.
  • 今日(きょう)は会社(かいしゃ)自分(じぶん)パソコン持(も)ってきたもっとも、自分(じぶん)パソコンはいらない
    I brought my own computer to work today, although I don't need to.
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この宝石(ほうせき)は非常(ひじょう)に貴重(きちょう)だ。もっと私(わたし)が持(も)っている中(なか)一番(いちばん)大切(たいせつ)なわけではない。
This gem is incredibly precious. However, it does not mean it is the most valuable among the ones I have.
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あの人(ひと)話(はなし)は、ある程度(ていど)まで信用(しんよう)できるようだ。もっとまだ疑(うたが)わしい部分(ぶぶん)もあるけど
It seems that that man's story can be trusted to some extent. However, there are still parts I doubt.
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ここたくさんの杯(はい)があります。もっと私(わたし)どれが本物(ほんもの)の聖杯(せいはい)かを教(おし)えることができません。上手(うま)く選(えら)んでください。
There are many cups here. However, I cannot tell you which one is the real holy grail. Choose wisely.
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