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Quantity expressions are used as adverbial phrases. The word order is generally noun particle quantity verb. When they are used to modify adjectives, they come just before the adjective. For example, "very hot" is "totemo atsui (とても暑い)".

Here are some quantity expressions that are frequently used.

takusan
たくさん
many, much
totemo
とても
very
kanari
かなり
considerably, rather
sukoshi
少し
a little, a few
chotto
ちょっと
a little
(Less formal than "sukoshi". Click here for other usages.)

Learn how they are used in the sentences.

Hon o takusan yomimasu.
本をたくさん読みます。
I read many 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 quite a long time.
Nihongo o sukoshi hanashimasu.
日本語を少し話します。
I speak a little Japanese.
Piano o 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 piano a little bit.

Here are some quantity expressions used only in negative sentences.

amari
あまり
(not) very, (not) much
zenzen
全然
(not) at all

Here are some sample sentences.

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。
It was not good at all.

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