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Decoded Slug: あまり~ないです (amari ~ nai desu)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
あまり~ないです (amari ~ nai desu)

あまり~ないです (amari ~ nai desu)

Short explanation:

Express 'not really' or 'not very'; used to soften a negative statement.


あまり + Verb-ないform + です, あまり + い-Adjective-ない form + です, あまり + な-Adjective-じゃない form + です


Amari tabenai desu.
I don't really eat much.
Kono eiga wa amari omoshirokunai desu.
This movie is not really interesting.
Kare wa amari shinsetsu ja nai desu.
He is not very kind.
Watashi wa amari nihongo ga jouzu ja nai desu.
I am not very good at Japanese.

Long explanation:

The あまり~ないです grammar point is used to express that something is 'not really' or 'not very' to a certain extent. It is often used to soften a negative statement. It can be used with verbs, い-adjectives, and な-adjectives in their negative forms.

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