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ほど-2
hodo-2
JLPT N3
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Meaning
to the extent of; to the extent that ~; (not as) ~ as ~ ; about [REL. bakari; kurai]
(Lit, I'm not strong as Lenz's extent. (=I'm not as strong as Lenz))
私はレンズほど強くありません。
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Formation
Phrases
ぼくはきみほどはやくあるけません。
I can't walk as fast as you can.
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ほどよくべんきょうするがくせいはいない。
There is no student who studies as hard as Jennifer.
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わたしはにしださんがあれほどピアノがはじけるはおもわなかった。
I didn't think that Mr. Nishida could play the piano that well . (lit. to that extent)
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ルイスさんのにほんごはおおたせんせいもがいこくじんだときづかなかったほどじょうずです。
Mr. Lewis's Japanese is so good that even Prof. Ota didn't notice he was a foreigner.
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Discussion and comments
1. When hodo is preceded by a noun, the predicate must be negative. The following sentence is ungrammatical.

*私は太郎ほどつよい。
(I am as strong as Taro.)


If a sentence or a demonstrative modifies hodo, however, the predicate of the main clause can be either affirmative or negative.

その仕事はそれほど易しいんですか。
Is that job that easy (lit. easy to that extent)?


When hodo is used with a quantifier, it means 'about'. Example:

ビールを三本ほど飲みました。
(I drank about three bottles of beer.)
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