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N3 Lesson 2: 5/22


The more, About, To the extent that, So much… that


Verb + ほど
[い]Adjective + ほど
[な]Adjective + + ほど
Noun + ほど


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About ほど

ほど, coming from the kanji (ほど) 'an extent', is used for describing rough estimates about the 'amount' of something. However, unlike expressions such as くらい (which focuses more on the speaker's uncertainty about the exact number), ほど puts emphasis on the upper (or lower) limit of something as having been 'reached'. Due to this, it is usually translated as 'so much that (A)', or 'to the extent that (A)'.
ほど can be added on to the end of the attributive form of any word. The attributive form being the form that is able to be partnered directly with nouns.
  • ()ほど練習(れんしゅう)したけれど試合(しあい)()られなかった
    I practiced myself to death, but I was not able to enter the tournament.
  • その気持(きも)ちは(いた)ほど(わか)かるけど、だからってそういう(こと)()てもいい()(わけ)では()よ。
    I understand how you feel to the point that it hurts, but that doesn't mean that you can say stuff like that.
  • それ(いや)ほど()かされたから()かってる。
    I have been told that so much that I don't want to hear it anymore, I get it.
  • あと10(ぷん)ほど()きます。
    I will be there in about 10 minutes.
Although くらい may be used to describe something that is 'around' a certain extent (regardless of whether it is above or below that extent), (ほど) refers specifically to the 'limit' of something, and therefore cannot be used to describe something that exceeds the stated limit. Due to this, it is regularly used to express some sort of exaggerated limit of (A), when the real extent is far below that.
  • 今日(きょう)二度(にど)(はし)くないほど(はし)った。
    Today, I ran so much that I never want to run again.




    It was quiet to the extent that you could hear a pin drop. (degree・bounds・limit)


    I ate pizza to the extent that I don't ever want to eat it again. (degree・bounds・limit)


    I am spoiling her/him to the extent that people would say she/he's selfish. (degree・bounds・limit)


    This time, I plan to go on a trip for about one week. (degree・bounds・limit)


    Those two are complete strangers, but they look surprisingly similar. (so much so)
    (They look similar to the extent that I am surprised) (degree・bounds・limit)

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ほど – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (6 in total)

  • benuidede


    Thank you! that makes more sense now.

  • TypicalGatsby


    今回こんかいは一週間いっしゅうかん ほど 旅行りょこうするつもりだ。

    I’m having a hard time finding info from the sources provided about why I should be using ほど instead of くらい/ぐらい. To me, it seems like ほど is more used to express more figurative and hyperbolic statements. This just seems like a realistic statement of “going on a trip for about one week” that would be better filled by くらい/ぐらい.

  • Ambo100


    I found this video helpful for the various uses of ほど, covering all the other grammar points too.

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