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  5. "そのきょうかしょはぜんぜんうすくありません。"


Translation:That textbook is not thin at all.

April 2, 2018





is there a difference between うすく and ほそい?


You're actually asking about the difference between 薄い「うすい」 and 細い「ほそい」. I believe うすい is "thin" in terms of being more flat (like a paper or book), while ほそい is "thin" in terms of being more long and narrow (like a road or a rod).

The く in うすくありません is part of the negation portion (くありません). Which is a more formal version of くない.


According to jisho.org, you can use うすい only with objects, not people.


The textbook is a poor translation for その教科書, it should be: that textbook


Not necessarily, "the" is acceptable as well.


It's funny, because this course (JA, from EN) usually marks answers as wrong if you type "the" for その, whereas the reverse course (EN, from JA) often marks answers as wrong if you type "that".

I often forget which course I'm currently on and end up typing the wrong one. Gets rather confusing that the two courses each have their own default preference for how その should be translated. I'm always relieved whenever the sentence has あの instead, since its default translation is the same in both courses–"that". xD


Is the EN, from JA course good for learning 日本語?


Could we say うすくないてす? I don't really understand the contruction for negative adjectives.


Yes; in fact that's pretty much the same thing as the informal negative of ある is ない. About negative adjectives in general, you have to understand that there are two kinds of adjectives: i-adjectives like うすい and na-adjectives like 大切な. To make i-adjectives negative you chop off the い and replace it by くない/くありません (you can think of that as うすく being an adverb acting on ない/ありません if that's easier for you, "x doesn't exist thinly"). To make na-adjectives negative you chop off the な and add じゃない/じゃありません.


その教科書は全然薄くありません。 why wrong?

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