Grammar Info
N2 Lesson 9: 15/23

be glad, be relieved, most・best, above all else, more than anything

より + ()+ Phrase
より + + Noun
Register Standard
使用域 一般
何(なに)より, or 何(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 何(なに) ‘what’, or ‘whatever’, and the particle より ‘than’, the closest literal translation is ‘more than anything, (A)’. 何(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.
何(なに)より, and 何(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.
  • 何(なに)より驚(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 Tanaka-kun became a doctor.
  • 田中(たなか)様(さま)のお役(やく)に立(た)てて何(なに)よりです。
    We are glad to be of service to you, Tanaka-sama.
  • 何(なに)よりも大切(たいせつ)なのは、何(なん)でも諦(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.
  • 休(やす)みの日(ひ)に妻(つま)とドライブに行(い)くのが何(なに)よりの楽(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.
Slow Male
Hide All
Hide Japanese
Hide English
When greeting someone we haven’t seen for a long time: "I am really glad that you seem to be doing well."
[お元気で何よりです is another popular variant. Lit. “It is above all else that you seem healthy.” This is very common]
Article: "For parents, there is nothing more important than the health of their children."
[何より is often used with expressions like 大切、大事、素晴らしい、好き、嫌い、etc]
Raku: "My son loved the book he received from you."
Onodera: "I am really glad."
[It is very common to use 何より with それは]
Page 282
[AIAIJ] An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
Page 188