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In very simple terms: "Amari," used with a negative, simply means "quite." "amari yokunai" = "quite bad." "amari omoshirokunai" = "quite uninteresting"


This is a pair of polarity items. One appears in positive contexts, the other in negative: イギリスの ジャムは とても おいしいです。 イギリスの ジャムは あまり おいしくありません。 Every language has words like these. For example, in English: I like pie, too. I don't like pie, either. Here, too and either are polarity items. In our positive sentence we use too, and in our ...


No な form can modify an adjective. The な ending creates what's called an adnominal, i.e. something that can only modify a nominal (noun). This is a special kind of adjective -- while normal adjectives can be used to form predicates, such as "that dog is red", adnominals can only be used to modify nouns, and cannot be used to form predicates. 大きい is a ...

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