ほとんど + Phrase
ほとんど + (Negative) Phrase
As with many other adverbs that highlight an 'amount' in Japanese, ほとんど can modify a whole phrase, or can be used before の, to further specify a single noun.
- 宿題はほとんど終わっているよ。Most of my homework is done.
- 弁当はほとんど食べてないけど、おやつは全部食べた。I didn't eat most of my lunch, but I ate all the snacks.
- ほとんどの人は私の名前を読めません。Most people can't read my name.
- ほとんどの大学生は親と住んでいます。Most college students live with their parents.
- 今年は屋台がほとんどないね。There are hardly any food stalls this year.
- 週末に出かけることはほとんどないです。I hardly go out during the weekends.
Almost everyone has gone home.
There is hardly any homework today.
This lake is mostly shallow, I think.
Huh?! This fish hardly has any smell.
Hardly any students submitted (the paper) before the deadline.
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ほとんど – Grammar Discussion
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This sounds correct to me. The starting point in past is in the context of course but I think there are some special meaning 行っている or action verbs with いる that was mentioned in Guide to Japanese (see motion verb section). They mention it doesn’t necessarily have a “going” type of implication but this sounds like word play to me. Also
I don’t know if this was intended or not so I am just posting here in case it isn’t.
The review accepted あまり when the review is for ほとんど. Normally when Bunpro is looking for a particular grammar point it makes it pretty clear but it just accepted it this time. Which is odd since I don’t even know is あまり would actually work since after reviewing it it appears it has to be immediately followed by a noun/adj/verb. Anyways
今日は宿題が --ほとんど-- ない。Is the grammar point
Hey! This seems like a input error on our end, and We have just fixed it! あまりない can work here and be understood, however, having a noun/adj/verb after あまり would flow better and make the sentence sound more natural.
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