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N2 Lesson 9: 15/23


Be glad, Be relieved, Most, Best, Above all else, More than anything


(なに)より + ()+ Phrase
(なに)より + + Noun


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About 何より

(なに)より, or (なに)よりも when emphasized, is a common phrase in Japanese that is used when one wants to express that they are 'glad', 'relieved', or that '(A) is more important than anything'. As this structure is simply a combination of the substitute noun (なに) 'what', or 'whatever', and the particle より 'than', the closest literal translation is 'more than anything, (A)'. (なに)より is primarily used to express positive feelings when the actual situation may have been worse, but (A) is the most important.
(なに)より, and (なに)よりも most often behave adverbially, meaning that they can be used at the beginning of a sentence, or right before the word they are describing. However, they occasionally come directly before a noun when followed by の.
  • (なに)より(おどろ)いたのは、あの中田(なかた)くんが医者(いしゃ)になったことだ。
    The most surprising thing is that Nakata-kun became a doctor.
  • 田中(たなか)(さま)のお(やく)()てて(なに)よりです。
    We are glad to be of service to you, Tanaka-sama.
  • (なに)よりも大切(たいせつ)なのは、(なん)でも(あきら)めずに頑張(がんば)ってやることだ。
    The most important thing is to not give up and to do your best in anything you do.
  • (やす)みの()(つま)とドライブに()くのが(なに)より(たの)しみです。
    I love going on drives with my wife on weekends more than anything.
As in most cases, も just strengthens the phrase slightly, with no other significant change in nuance.




    When greeting someone we haven't seen for a long time: 'I am really glad that you seem to be doing well.' (above all else・more than anything)


    Article: 'For parents, there is nothing more important than the health of their children.' (above all else・more than anything)


    Raku: 'My child loved the book he received from you.'
    Onodera: 'I am really glad.'


    'Thank you very much.'
    'More than anything it is a blessing to be able to help.' (above all else・more than anything)


    'When we find it, we split everything equally.'
    'Either way, for that, above all else, if we can't find it first, we won't get anywhere.'

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