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Adverb (fukushi)
Usually written using kana alone
first (of all), to start with, about, almost, anyway, well, nowd'abord, premièrement

hardly (with neg. verb)прежде всегоzuerst, zunächst, wohl, auf jeden Fall
ON: センKUN: さき, ま.ず
before, ahead, previous, future, precedence

Example sentences
あのチームは、あるとしても、まず優勝の望みはない。Parts: 彼の (あの), チーム (ティーム), 有る (ある), としても, 先ず (まず), 優勝 (ゆうしょう), 望み (のぞみ), 無い (ない)That team has little, if any, chance of winning.

「成功に必要なのは何よりもまず忍耐だ」と先生は言った。Parts: 成功 (せいこう), 必要 (ひつよう), 何より (なにより), 先ず (まず), 忍耐 (にんたい), 先生 (せんせい), 言う (いう)The teacher said, "Above all, what is necessary for success is perseverance."
Le professeur a dit : « ce qui est nécessaire par-dessus tout, c'est la persévérance ».

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