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:

Romaji Watashi 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。
English I do not eat much

 

Romaji Kare 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。
English I don’t know much about him

 

Romaji Ima 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。
English I 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.

Romaji Tenki 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。
English The weather is not very good.

 

Romaji Kaisha 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。
English The company is not very far from our house.