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N4 Lesson 5: 20/20

(すく)なくない

Quite a few, Quite a lot, Many, Not a few, Not a little

Structure

Noun + (1) + (すく)なくない

(1)

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About すくなくない

Another expression that utilizes the (すく) kanji (meaning 'few'), in its い-Adjective form, is (すく)なくない. This is an example of a double negative in Japanese, as (すく)ない 'a few' is being negated in (すく)なくない. Therefore, the meaning is 'not a few', and translates more closely to 'quite a few', or 'quite a lot'.
To use this expression, simply pair a noun with , , or , and then follow it with (すく)なくない (or (すく)なくありません).
  • 漢字(かんじ)() のが(きら)()(すく)なくない
    There are quite a few children that dislike writing kanji.
  • (わたし)()(きら)(すく)なくないんです
    I have many things that I like and dislike.
  • ()(まえ)菓子(かし)()(ひと)(すく)なくない
    There are also many people that eat snacks before they sleep.
Caution
The ない in (すく)ない is not the い-Adjective ない, but part of the word (すく)ない itself. There are several い-Adjectives like this in Japanese, and they will need to be remembered.
  • 今年(ことし)去年(きょねん)よりも(あめ)()()(すく)ない
    Compared to last year, there are fewer days with rain this year.
  • 天気(てんき)(わる)(とき)()()のは(あぶ)
    It is dangerous to go fishing when the weather's bad.
  • ()(きたな)から()(あら)
    My hands are dirty so I will wash them.

Examples

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    アニメ漫画(まんが)()(ひと)(すく)なくないです

    There are quite a few people that like anime and manga.

    ハセガワ:「(ぼく)友達(ともだち)(すく)なくない。」

    Hasegawa: 'I have quite a few friends.'

    (あさ)ごはん()べない(ひと)(すく)なくないです

    There are quite a few people who do not eat breakfast.

    そう(おも)ている(ひと)(すく)なくない

    Quite a few people think like that.

    彼女(かのじょ)()しがっているもの(すく)なくないんだ

    There are many things that she wants.

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      すくなくない – Grammar Discussion

      Most Recent Replies (4 in total)

      • Daru

        Daru

        It can’t be used in this expression since 結構 is an adjective that can be used as an adverb too, where as 少なくない (or “fewn’t” as I like to think about it) is just a set expression. Look at example sentences, and you’ll see that 結構 can be usually found at the start of a sentence, while 少なくない is typically more in the end due to what part of speech they are.

        Hope this helps!

      • severian

        severian

        I’m glad someone else does this!

      • AtomicRunner

        AtomicRunner

        Sorry to bump this

        About this sentence:

        ハセガワ:「()友達()( )なくない よ。」
        Hasegawa: ‘I have quite a few friends.’

        I tried translating it using a couple different sites, and they all gave me the opposite meaning (“I don’t have many friends.”). Which one is correct?

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