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Question to Teacher: How do you know when
is positive or negative?
Course 3 Lesson 1: Masumi and I (New Adjectives)
Post Date: 2008-03-19 06:50:10
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2007 Sep 06
I'm a little confused on the use of sugoi. In this lesson it is used for "amazing, great, wow" as in:
sugoi ne. (WOW, it's amazing isn't it)
sore wa sugoi desu. (That's great/amazing)
However, in Japanese from zero book 2 lesson 9 short dialogue the following phrase is used:
sugoi kao yo.
In this context meaning you look terrible (literally your face is terrible)
So if sugoi is both "great" and "terrible" is there any easy way to know which meaning is intended. For example if someone said to me
anatano kurumawa sugoi desu.
Should I be pleased or slightly offended.
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Post Date: 2008-03-23 08:35:02
1997 Aug 25
First it is important to know that
can be a positive and a negative word. It is also used in many cases to mean "very".
Japanese, much like English, has quite a few words that seem to reverse meaning depending on the context. Let's look at a few examples:
Sugoi mondai desu ne.
It's a horrible problem.
In this case since the word "problem" sets up
to be negative.
Anata no kuruma wa sugoi desu.
Your car is great.
This one is positive because none of the context is making
Now let's look at how you can use
as "very". You simply replace the last
Sugoku atsui desu.
It's very hot.
George @ YesJapan.com
Post Date: 2008-03-25 08:35:13
2007 Sep 06
That makes more sense now, thanks. I'll try to tink of it as an adjective that strengthens the feeling of a topic or sentence.
Kinzokusei no Inu
Post Date: 2008-03-30 06:12:41
2005 Aug 25
It's interesting also to note that in everyday casual talk, the word 凄い gets used grammatically incorrect a lot.
Like, instead of the correct 凄く暑い, you often hear 凄い暑い
Bad grammar but common nonetheless.
Post Date: 2008-04-11 02:46:15
1997 Aug 25
Yes very good point Kinzokusei. I personally use SUGOI in that way all the time because Japanese people use it that way and it is rubbed off on me.