Japanese Grammar: Amari / あまり

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Amari or あまり is one of many Japanese grammar, and amari is kind of adverb in Japanese. Meaning of amari is not muchnot manynot enoughnot wellnot very.

Amari is used with negative verb

Amari is used with negative verb, i.e:

RomajiWatashi wa amari tabemasen
Hiraganaわたしはあまりたべません
Kanji私はあまりたべません。
EnglishI do not eat much

 

RomajiKare no koto wa amari shirimasen
Hiraganaかれのことはあまりしりません。
Kanji彼のことはあまり知りません。
EnglishI don’t know much about him

 

RomajiIma amari okane o motte imasen
Hiraganaいまあまりおかねをもっていません。
Kanji今あまりお金を持っていません。
EnglishI don’t have much money now.

Meanwhile amari is can be used with negative verb, amari also can be used with negative adjective like few examples below. But you have to remember that only use negative verb or negative adjective with amari. Because amari has negative sense, it’s cannot be used with positive verb or adjective.

Amari is used with negative adjective

There are some examples how to use amari with negative adjective.

RomajiTenki wa amari yoku arimasen
Hiraganaてんきはあまりよくありません。
Kanji天気はあまりよくありません。
EnglishThe weather is not very good.

 

RomajiKaisha wa ie kara amari tooku arimasen.
Hiraganaかいしゃはいえからあまりとおくありません。
Kanji会社は家からあまりよくありません。
EnglishThe company is not very far from our house.