But for water, no man could live.
Mizu ga nakereba, ningen wa ikirarenai.
water (esp. cool, fresh water, e.g. drinking water); fluid (esp. in an animal tissue); liquid; flood; floodwaters; water offered to wrestlers just prior to a bout; break granted to wrestlers engaged in a prolonged bout
indicates sentence subject (occasionally object); indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions); but; however; still; and
nonexistent; not being (there); unpossessed; unowned; not had; unique; indicates negation, inexperience, unnecessariness or impossibility; not ...; to not be...; to have not ...
human being; person; man; mankind; humankind; character (of a person)
topic marker particle; indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated); adds emphasis
to live; to exist; to make a living; to subsist; to be in effect; to be in use; to function; to come to life; to be enlivened; to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)