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Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 元 (moto)

Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 元 (moto)

Kana: もと
Kanji: 元
Romaji: moto

Type: Noun
Meaning: origin, source, base, basis, foundation, root, cause, ingredient, material, (somebody’s) side, (somebody’s) location, original cost (or capital, principal, etc.), (plant) root, (tree) trunk
JLPT level: N3

Example sentences:

その代りに、いまでもまだ、時々は、元の仕事をしているのかとたずねてみた。
sono kawari ni, ima demo mada, tokidoki wa, moto no shigoto o shite iru no ka to tazunete mita.
Instead I asked if he still practiced his profession on occasions.

ボーナスの日には金を浴びるほどもらっていた元金持ちの社員たちは、その金をふんだくられると考えた。
boonasu no hi ni wa kane o abiru hodo moratte ita moto kanemochi no shaintachi wa, sono kane o fundakurareru to kangaeta.
The formerly enriched employees, used to being showered with money on bonus day, now knew that they were about to be gouged.

元上院議員として、私は議会に与えられた監視の役割を理解し、それに多大な敬意を払ってきた。
moto jouin giin toshite, watashi wa gikai ni ataerareta kanshi no yakuwari o rikai shi, sore ni tadai na keii o haratte kita.
As a former Senator I understand and have a great deal of respect for the oversight role that Congress is meant to play.

ショウタは、おそろしく静かに、受話器を元へもどした。
shouta wa, osoroshiku shizuka ni, juwaki o moto e modoshita.
Shota put the receiver back very gently on the hook.

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