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100 GRAMMAR POINTS

98. Level / degree of something ~さ

Add さ to adjectives to express a degree or amount

Construction: -i adjectives:

  • Remove the trailing い and add さ

ぞうさんの高は何ですか?
zou san no takasa wa nan desu ka?
What is the height of an elephant

NOTE: The さ shows a degree; this can be a higher, lower, wider, thinner, etc amount. (we could be asking the height of an ant)


Construction: -na adjectives:

  • Just add the さ without the な

この車の静かは驚くべきです。
kono kuruma no shizukasa wa odoroku beki desu.
This car’s quietness is amazing.

NOTE: The finished product (adjective + さ) becomes a noun phrase and is treated as a noun grammatically.

100 GRAMMAR POINTS

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