Decoded Slug: ~ものなら (〜mono nara)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~ものなら (〜mono nara)

~ものなら (〜mono nara)

Short explanation:

Express a conditional wish; 'if only' or 'if possible'.


Verb-casual + ものなら, い-Adjective + ものなら, な-Adjective + なものなら, Noun + のなら


Jikan ga aru mono nara, kono hon wo zenbu yomitai.
If only I had time, I would like to read this whole book.
Okane ga takusan aru mono nara, sekaijuu wo ryokou shitai.
If I had a lot of money, I would want to travel around the world.
Kare ga motto shinsetsu na mono nara, minna kare to tomodachi ni naritai to omou darou.
If only he were more kind, I think everyone would want to be friends with him.
Ryouri ga dekiru no nara, ie de jibun de yuushoku wo tsukuritai.
If I could cook, I would want to make dinner by myself at home.

Long explanation:

The ~ものなら grammar point is used to express a conditional wish or desire. It can be translated as 'if only' or 'if possible' in English. The formation differs depending on whether it is used with a verb, い-adjective, な-adjective, or noun.

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