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第157- 数〜

You’ve probably learned how to make some nouns (especially living things) plural by adding 〜たち to them, but what about talking about not just a day or two, or a specific days of the week, but about “a few days” or “a few years” worth of time? You don’t always want to count by a specific amount when it comes to those things and today we will show you how with すう〜!

Adding the kanji for “number / count” at the beginning of countable nouns gives us the meaning of “few (noun)” as the words below demonstrate:

数日すうじつ – a few days
数ヶ月すうかげつ – a few months
数年 すうねん– a few years
数人すうにん – a few people
数冊すうさつ – a few books
数回 すうかい– a few times

If you want to make a different combination, be sure to check a Japanese dictionary to make sure the word exists first! Let’s look at the above words in sentences!

ちちがタバコをやめるとって、数日すうじつったが、一向いっこうにやめる気配けはいはない。
It’s been a few days since my father said he wants to quit smoking, but there doesn’t seem to be any sign of him actually quitting.

かれったのは数ヶ月すうかげつぶりだった。
The last time I met him was a few months ago.

ここ数年すうねんはとてもいそがしい日々ひびごした。
I spent very busy days here for a few years.

その難関なんかん試験しけん合格ごうかくしたのは、うちの学校がっこうからは数人すうにんしかいなかったといている。
I have heard that only a few people from our school have passed the difficult exam.

もうそのほん初版本しょはんぼんなかには数冊すうさつしかないとわれている。
It is already said that the first edition of the book is only a few in the world.

しずかにしなさい」と数回すうかいわれた。
I was told “be quiet” a few times.

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