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The particle hodo: 程


This particle has two main functions:

a. Measure the extent

Translated into "as" or "that" in english.

The sentence form is often negative although the meaning is positive.

Watashi wa, anata hodo isogashiku arimasen = I'm not as busy as you.

Kore hodo oishii mono wa arimasen = There is nothing that good.


b. Translate approximation

Translated by "about" or synonyms in english.

Sen en hodo desu = It's about 1000 yen.

Isshûkan hodo de dekimasu = It can be done in about a week.

A Japanese proverb

Sensei to iwareru hodo no baka de nashi = Not stupid enough to be called Master.


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Author: Duncan

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Translator: Othman