Japanese Quantity Expressions

In today's article we will study the quantity expressions, they are used as adverbial phrases. If you still don't know what we're talking about, we refer to the expressions: very, little, many, not much, rarely, etc.

The word order is usually [noun + particle + quantity + verb]. When used to modify adjectives, they are placed before the adjective such as: とても熱い (Totemo atsui - Very hot).

See the expressions of most used quantities below: 

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takusan
たくさん
many, both
totemo
とても
very
kanari
かなり
considerably
zuibun
ずいぶん
extremely
yoku
よく
oftentimes / frequent
sukoshi
少し
a little
chotto
ちょっと
a little
(less formal than “sukoshi”.)
amari 
あまり
(not) too much, (not) too much, rarely (used in the negative) 
zenzen
全然
not at all (used in the negative) 

Phrases expressing quantity in Japanese

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Hon o takusan yomimasu.
本をたくさん読みます.
I read a lot of books.
Totemo oishii desu.
とてもおいしいです.
It is very delicious.
Jikan ga kanari Kakaru deshou.
時間がかなりかかるでしょう.
It will take considerable time.
Nihongo o sukoshi hanashimasu.
日本語を少し話します.
I speak a little Japanese.
Igirisu no jamu wa totemo oishīdesu.
イギリスのジャムはとてもおいしいです。
Uk jam is very tasty.
Piano the chotto hiku koto ga dekimasu.
ピアノをちょっと弾くことができます.
I can play a little piano.
Igirisu no jamu wa amari oishiku arimasen.
イギリスのジャムはあまりおいしくありません.
UK jam is not very tasty.
Amari chigai ga arimasen.
あまり違いがありません.
There is not much difference.
Zenzen yokunakatta desu.
全然良くなかったです.
He was not good at all.

I hope this little lesson has helped you to learn a little more about the expressions of quantity. Decorating and using these expressions are easy, and in time you get used to it.

As an exercise, let us comment a few example sentences that you are able to put together using these expressions.

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