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English Translation of Sentence

For many years I thought that it was beauty alone that gave significance to life and that the only purpose that could be assigned to the generations that succeed one another on the face of this crowded earth was to produce an artist now and then.
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Vocabulary list

naganen
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. long time; many years
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)
ma
noun
  1. space; room; time; pause
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
  2. private affairs; personal matter; secrecy
  3. selfishness
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
bi
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. beauty
ga
particle
  1. indicates sentence subject (occasionally object)
  2. indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions)
particle, conjunction
  1. but; however; still; and
jinsei
noun
  1. (human) life (i.e. conception to death)
ni
particle
  1. indicates such things as location of person or thing, location of short-term action, etc.
igi
noun
  1. meaning; significance
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
ataeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give (esp. to someone of lower status); to bestow; to grant; to confer; to present; to award
  2. to provide; to afford; to offer; to supply
  3. to assign
  4. to cause
  5. to pass (a variable to a function)
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give; to let one have; to do for one; to be given
monode
particle, conjunction
  1. conjunctive particle indicating a cause or reason
mono
noun
  1. thing; object
  2. the natural thing; a frequently done thing
  3. used to express emotional involvement
  4. used in giving a reason
dearu
godan verb (irregular)
  1. to be (formal, literary)
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
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
gomigomi
adverb, adverb taking the to particle, suru verb
  1. squalid; messy
suru
suru verb (irregular)
  1. to do
  2. to cause to become; to make (into); to turn (into)
  3. to serve as; to act as; to work as
  4. to wear (clothes, a facial expression, etc.)
  5. to judge as being; to view as being; to think of as; to treat as; to use as
  6. to decide on; to choose
suru verb (irregular), intransitive verb
  1. to be sensed (of a smell, noise, etc.)
  2. to be (in a state, condition, etc.)
  3. to be worth; to cost
  4. to pass (of time); to elapse
suffix, suru verb (irregular)
  1. verbalizing suffix (applies to nouns noted in this dictionary with the part of speech "vs")
auxiliary verb, suru verb (irregular)
  1. creates a humble verb (after a noun prefixed with "o" or "go")
  2. to be just about to; to be just starting to; to try to; to attempt to
chijou
noun, no adjective
  1. above ground
de
particle
  1. indicates location of action; at; in
  2. indicates time of action
  3. indicates means of action; cause of effect; by
conjunction
  1. and then; so
tsugitsugi
adverb, adverb taking the to particle, noun
  1. in succession; one by one
to
particle, conjunction
  1. if; when
  2. and
  3. with
  4. particle used for quoting (with speech, thoughts, etc.)
noun
  1. promoted pawn (shogi)
hikitsugu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to take over; to hand over
sedai
noun, no adjective
  1. generation; the world; the age
ni
particle
  1. indicates such things as location of person or thing, location of short-term action, etc.
yuiitsu
no adjective, adverb
  1. only; sole; unique
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)
mokuteki
noun
  1. purpose; goal; aim; objective; intention
toha
particle
  1. indicates word or phrase being defined
to
particle, conjunction
  1. if; when
  2. and
  3. with
  4. particle used for quoting (with speech, thoughts, etc.)
noun
  1. promoted pawn (shogi)
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
tokidoki
adverb, noun, no adjective
  1. sometimes; at times
geijutsuka
noun
  1. artist
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
umidasu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to create; to bring forth; to produce
  2. to invent; to think up and bring into being
  3. to give birth to; to bear
koto
noun
  1. thing; matter; fact; circumstances; business; reason; experience
dato
expression
  1. if it's the case
to
particle, conjunction
  1. if; when
  2. and
  3. with
  4. particle used for quoting (with speech, thoughts, etc.)
noun
  1. promoted pawn (shogi)
omou
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to think; to consider; to believe
  2. to think (of doing); to plan (to do)
  3. to judge; to assess; to regard
  4. to imagine; to suppose; to dream
  5. to expect; to look forward to
  6. to feel; to desire; to want
  7. to recall; to remember
iru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be (of animate objects); to exist
  2. to stay
ichidan verb, auxiliary verb
  1. (after the -te form of a verb) verb indicating continuing action or state (i.e. to be ..ing, to have been ..ing)

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