1 Reply ・ Started by okB at 2018-01-10 01:13:56 UTC ・ Last reply by maq at 2018-01-10 17:49:46 UTC
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Difference between 大した and 大いに?

I don't really understand what's the difference between an adverb and pre-noun adjectival. Can anybody help and provide me example sentences?

maq at 2018-01-10 17:49:46 UTC

An adverb modifies a predicate (so a verb or adjective phrase in Japanese), while adjectives modify noun phrases (nouns or pronouns, basically). Now, 大した is a pre-noun only adjectival, it cannot be used as a predicate (also, adjectivals need an auxiliary である to form predicates, but I digress), it can only be used to "describe" a noun, so it can only come before a noun, hence its name. In case this linguistic gibebrish is not making too much sense to you, here are some examples:

The experience of two people differs greatly/is widely different, no matter who they are.

It's not that big a deal that you spilled milk over the floor.

Hope this helps.

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