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I am not certain how to say "X is the most important for Y". For example, "A teacher is the most important person for a student." It could be 「先生は学生にいちばんたいせつな人です」 or 「がくせいは先生がいちばんたいせつな人です」, but I haven't been able to confirm either (or any other construct) in any way.

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"A teacher is the most important person for a student"


"A teacher is the most important person from the point of view of a student"

... and then...

"Teacherはstudentのviewから見るとmost importantなpersonです。"




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Think about 「先生は学生にいちばんたいせつな人です」 or 「がくせいは先生がいちばんたいせつな人です」, 「先生は学生にいちばんたいせつな人です」is better. Because, this sentence's Main Subject(主語) is Teacher. –  shogochiai May 10 '14 at 7:05
「先生は学生にいちばんたいせつな人です」 is worse than 「先生は学生にとって最も重要な人です」. Because「for = にとって」can more explain whose point of view or not. –  shogochiai May 10 '14 at 7:07
And, いちばん should be 最も、たいせつ should be 重要. Because, 一番 and 大切 is little mild, gently, young expression. –  shogochiai May 10 '14 at 7:09
Welcome, shogochiai, to Japanese Language & Usage! Just as a note, there is no need to say you are Japanese. When you're right, you're right, and it won't matter who you are :). As native speaker, your knowledge of Japanese will be obvious. I hope you enjoy using JLU. –  Questioner May 10 '14 at 8:29
@miikaelf にとって is a fixed expression, meaning something like "concerning, regarding, for, ...". –  Earthliŋ May 10 '14 at 15:17

XX is the most important [noun] for YY.

For "(person A) is the most important person for (person B)", you can say:


... rather than まささんは、ちよこさんにとって最も[重要]{じゅうよう}な[人物]{じんぶつ}です。... probably because 大事な人/大切な人 sound more personal.

You'd rather use 最も重要な人物 in:

(He is the most important person for our company.)

For "XX is the most important for YY", you can say like:

(Dessin is the most important for art students.)
(For a cook, sense of smell is the most important.)

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Both 「先生は学生にいちばんたいせつな人です」and「がくせいは先生がいちばんたいせつな人です」are good, but 先生は 学生に とって いちばん… would be better and 「がくせいは先生がいちばんたいせつな人です」 are ambiguous because it can mean ...

  1. Students are people for whom their teacher is most important.
  2. Students are people who find their teacher most important.
  3. Students are people whom the teacher find most important.
  4. Students think of their teacher as the most important person.
  5. For students, their teachers are the most important person.
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