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English Translation of Sentence

If it were not for great books, our lives would be much the poorer.
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Vocabulary list

moshi
adverb
  1. if; in case; supposing
idai
na adjective, noun
  1. greatness
na
particle
  1. (sentence end, mainly masc.) indicates emotion or emphasis
  2. (used with masu stem verb) command
  3. (used with dictionary form verb) prohibition
hon
noun
  1. book; volume
  2. main; head; this; our; present; real
  3. counter for long cylindrical things
ga
particle
  1. indicates sentence subject (occasionally object)
  2. indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions)
  3. but; however; still; and
aru
godan verb (irregular), intransitive verb
  1. to be (usu. of inanimate objects); to exist; to live
  2. to have
  3. to be located
  4. to be equipped with
  5. to happen; to come about
nakereba
expression
  1. if it does not exist; if it is not there; if it is not ...
  2. unless one ...; if one does not ...
wareware
pronoun, no adjective
  1. we
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive
  2. verb and adjective nominalizer (nominaliser)
  3. substituting for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. indicates a confident conclusion
  5. emotional emphasis (sentence end) (fem)
  6. indicates question (sentence end)
seikatsu
noun, suru verb
  1. living; life (one's daily existence); livelihood
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
motto
adverb
  1. (some) more; even more; longer; further
tsumaranai
i adjective
  1. dull; uninteresting; boring
  2. insignificant; trifling
naru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to bear fruit
naru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to become; to get; to grow; to be; to reach; to attain
  2. to result in; to prove to be
  3. to consist of; to be composed of
  4. to succeed; to be complete
  5. to change into; to be exchanged for
  6. to play a role
  7. to be promoted (shogi)
naru
suffix, noun or verb acting prenominally
  1. that is in
  2. who is called; that is called
  3. that is
darou
expression
  1. seems; I think; I guess; I wonder; I hope
  2. don't you agree?; I thought you'd say that!

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