In this video we’re going to analyse Yui and Azusa’s quote from K-On! (Keion!).
あんまり or あまり + the negative form of an adjective means “not very”. あんまり is colloquial and informal whereas あまり is formal. The adjective here is うまい meaning “good” or “skilful” so あんまりうまくない means “not very good”.
To make the negative form of い-adjective, you change い to く and add ない. For example, おいしい becomes おいしくない (not delicious), 暑い becomes 暑くない (not hot), 高い becomes 高くない (not expensive/high). For the negative form of な-adjective, simply add じゃない. For example, 元気じゃない (not well), 静かじゃない (not quiet), 綺麗じゃない (not clean/beautiful).
Here are examples with some of the adverbs of degree.
です is used to indicate formality.
ね is used to emphasise your opinions or feelings when you want to share them with the listener. For example, かわいいですね。(You are cute!) 天才だね。(You are a genius!)
Many people get confused with ね and よ so I will briefly explain the difference between them.
よ is basically used to make the listeners aware of the new information that you think they don’t know or realise. On the other hand, ね is used to share or confirm the information that you think the listeners also know or think the same way as you do. So if you use よ it sounds like you are convincing the listener. For example, かわいいですよ。(You should know that) you are cute! 天才だよ。(You should know that) you are a genius! So it could sound pushy so you need to be careful when you use よ.
If Yui and Azusa said あんまりうまくないですよ it would sound so rude as it sounds like “I’m telling you this because I think you don’t know that you’re not very good!” but by using ね it sounds like “You might know this but I think you’re not very good and I want to share this opinion with you”.
You can also combine よ + ね to make it よね to tell things you know more/earlier than the listener and confirm the listener knows as well or thinks the same way.
Here are the comparisons:
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