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Because of A (strong emphasis), B
B is the result because of A ('s existence/presence)
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I was able to make a living because of my family.
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Our family exists because of Mom.
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                    かもしれない  
Our relationship might be because of our common goal.

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Construction
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ANoun
あっての
BNoun
Basic Examples:
あっての (life because of health)

Related Expressions
おかげで
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Level: 1
(13 years ago)
Can be strengthened by adding こそ: あってこその

さまあってこそのです。
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emmy
Level: 3
I'm a bit confused by some of the above example sentences. Those that use verbs instead of nouns in particular. Admittedly, I had not come across this particular grammar before looking at it now but it doesn't sound right to say: ~あってのにずっとれました。 あっての、った! For the first one maybe something like 「れ」 For the second one, shouldn't the verb be made into 「ち」? Have I misunderstood this grammar point?
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mysticfive
Level: 1536
the B part of this pattern doesn't have to be a noun - it's an effect of whatever A was, so that can be a simple noun, or it can be an expression.
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emmy
Level: 3
I checked with my Japanese co-worker and she agrees with me saying you can't say ~あっての、「」。And all other places online say it goes between two nouns. I realize that not everything online is correct or that native speakers think about their own language like linguists but it seems to be a pretty strong indicator...Doing a google search also only shows me constructs where the verb has been made into a noun either by using the stem or adding こと... http://www.wattpad.com/170627-jlpt-grammar http://www.scribd.com/doc/36466776/JLPT-Grammar-Index I think it's the の that makes it sound unnatural but I'll take a look in my N1 books when I get home.
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emmy
Level: 3
Both Shin-kanzen master and so-matome for N1 say it can only be used with nouns (obviously noun phrases would be acceptable). If you want to use a verb or verb phrase you need to make it into a noun first thus: ×った → ○
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マイコー
Level: 251
After looking at the page, it looks like it was an mistype when the usage pattern was initially put into the site. My apologies for that. It has been updated to show a noun after the term.
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emmy
Level: 3
Thanks マイコー I'll never forget ~あっての now :)
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