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Decoded Slug: ~に過ぎない (〜ni suginai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~に過ぎない (〜ni suginai)

~に過ぎない (〜ni suginai)

Short explanation:

Expresses that something is 'just' or 'nothing more than'; 'merely', 'only', 'simply'.


Verb-casual + に過ぎない, い-Adjective + に過ぎない, な-Adjective + に過ぎない, Noun + に過ぎない


Kare no shippai wa misu ni suginai.
His failure is nothing more than a mistake.
Kono shiken wa kantan na mondai ni suginai.
This test is nothing more than a simple question.
Kanojo wa tomodachi ni suginai.
She is nothing more than a friend.
Sono hatsugen wa joudan ni suginai.
That remark is nothing more than a joke.

Long explanation:

The ~に過ぎない grammar point is used to indicate that something is 'just' or 'nothing more than' the stated quality or condition. It implies that the thing is not as significant or important as it might seem at first glance. This grammar point can be translated as 'merely', 'only', or 'simply' in English. It can be used with verbs, い-adjectives, な-adjectives, and nouns.

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