Last modified on 27 November 2013, at 16:58

少ない

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2

AdjectiveEdit

少ない (-i inflection, hiragana すくない, romaji sukunai)

  1. there are few, there is little
    ここは、 (ひと) (すく)ない
    koko wa, hito ga sukunai.
    Here are few people.
    今年 (ことし)は、 (ゆき) (すく)ない
    kotoshi wa, yuki ga sukunai.
    It snows little this year.

Usage notesEdit

少ない cannot modify a noun to mean the referents of the noun are few.
  • *少ない人 (wrong: few people)
  • 友達が少ない人 (correct: a person with few friends)
To modify a noun, use 少しの, わずかの, 数少ない, etc.
The negative form has no limitation.
  • 少なくない人 (correct: quite a few people)

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