I'm a beginner and I would like to know how あまり is used.

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    Welcome to JL&U. This question is really vague, so please refine it to something more specific. For example, you might explain why it is confusing to you, and how you have tried to use it. – istrasci Jul 19 '13 at 23:22
  • Thank you :) . I know the meaning but I don't know how to use it in a sentence . – Pikines Jul 19 '13 at 23:27
  • Here are some free resources online with example sentences of various quality: ALC - Progressive J-E - Tanaka Corpus – snailplane Jul 19 '13 at 23:43

This won't be all the uses of あまり but it should give you some idea how it is used :)

As a noun:
It can be used simply as a noun meaning "the rest"; "the remainder".

He bought books with what was left of his pay.
The remains of the meal were thrown away.

It can also be used as a grammar point ~(の)あまり(に)~ showing the result of having too strong an emotion. It connects to nouns with or just comes straight after verbs.

I was too shocked to do anything at that time.
She was so happy that she danced for joy.
worry so much about the future that you neglect the present

As a na-adjective:
Expresses that something is extreme; too much; beyond expectations

make too many mistakes
look too good to eat

As an adverb:
Comes before the verb as an adverb expressing that somebody is doing something too much, more than they should.

If you study too much you'll ruin your health

With a negative, expresses "not very much". This usage in particular is very common and often becomes あんまり or あんま in casual speech.

Not very good
Not so cute
Don't eat very much

As a suffix:
Comes after a counter to express that something is more than the amount

More than 100 employees
More than five years ago

Example sentences and information from:

  • For the '(の)あまり(に)' grammar, you can think of it in English as 'A so much so that B' – Ambo100 Feb 16 at 20:12

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