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Question to Teacher: What is the difference between SUKUNAI and SUKOSHI?
Course 2 Lesson 8: Samantha's Dorm (New Adjectives)
Post Date: 2006-06-11 06:08:36
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2005 Dec 18
What's the difference between 少し and 少ない ?
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Post Date: 2006-06-11 07:53:35
2004 Oct 01
They're spelt differently. Jokes.
What's sukunai? I've never heard of it.
Post Date: 2006-06-11 11:12:15
2005 Apr 27
少し means more like "a little bit" and 少ない "few, is little" - referring to quantity for example.
p.s. the sorry is in case I'm wrong ;)
JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2006-06-12 11:27:14
2003 Mar 03
すこし and すくない
すくない (SUKUNAI/few, low) is an adjective and すこし (SUKOSHI/a little/slightly) is an adverb.
すくない is used when the quantity (of work, water, food, rain etc.) is below average or smaller than you expected. Therefore, the word has a negative implication.
すこし is used when the quantity isn't large, however, there is no basis for comparison.
Let me give you some examples;
1) きょうの ばんごはんは すこし おおいですね。(KYOU NO BANGOHAN WA SUKOSHI OOI DESUNE) = Today's dinner is a little too much.
2) わたしの おきゅうりょうは すくないです。(WATASHI NO OKYUURYOU WA SUKUNAI DESU) = My salary is low. - It sounds negative.
You can also say;
3) きょうは でんわが すこし すくないですね。(KYOU WA DENWA GA SUKOSHI SUKUNAI DESUNE) = Today we have fewer phone calls (than usual).
You could use both すこし and すくない in one sentence as in #3. It doesn’t have a negative implication.
I hope this helps,
Kanako @ YesJapan Teacher