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あまり vs. たくさん

What's the difference between あまり and たくさん? Don't they both mean "a lot"? I used あまり instead of たくさん and my answer got rejected. BTW, what's the difference with よく?

October 31, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xillegas

Those are differents adverbs, あまり means "a lot" or "much" but this is used in a negative way. For example.

それは あまり かちが ない。

It's not worth much.

Apart from that, "よく" means "often", or "frequently".

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rewjeo
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あまり is also used to describe things like actions, whereas たくさん is an actual amount - that is, one is qualitative and the other is quantitative. So for instance, 犬はたくさんいります is "I need a lot of dogs" but 犬はあまりいりません is "I don't really need a dog that badly." It's kind of a nonsense example, but hopefully it helps demonstrate the difference.

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinyCall

That's not a nonsense example. That sounds like a pretty standard conversation between me and my mom.

You can always use a few more dogs, right?

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnotherExplorer

:D

November 1, 2018
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