はもとより [はもとより] (hamotoyori)
Meaning: to begin with ... and also ...
Example: she speaks english to begin with, but also french and german
JLPT Level: 2
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|bamboo4||はもとより has the meaning of "granted" so that 彼女は 英語 はもとより、フランス語も中国語も出来る would have the connotation of "She can handle both French and Chinese, let alone English."|| |
|Amatuka||Tweaked translations in line with bamboo4's comment.|| |
|halx||My grammar copies list はもとより together with はもちろん and just mention that はもとより is のほうが改まった言い方|| |
|dc||thanks Halx. I added that as a -see also- link above. did you know you can put square brackets around the english for a grammar and get links in comments - like [hamochiron]|| |
|誠||My grammar notes also list 〜はもとより together with 〜はおろか。Although there are differences between them.〜はおろか is more strong/have a very strong emphasis than 〜はもとより and 〜はもちろん|| |
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