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N0 Lesson 2: 10/12

やや

A little bit, Marginally, Slightly

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    About やや

    やや is an adverb in Japanese that is similar to (わず)か in that it means 'a little bit'. However, the key nuance with やや is that the what is being described has the tendency of (A), or is expressing (A) to a sufficient degree that it cannot be denied. It may also be translated as 'marginally', or 'slightly'.

    Like many other adverbs of time or amount, やや will often appear at the beginning of sentences.

    Examples

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      今週(こんしゅう)先週(せんしゅう)よりもやや(すず)しいです。

      This week is a little bit cooler than last week.

      このお(みせ)やや(たか)めで、()いにくい。

      This shop is a little bit on the expensive side, so it's difficult to buy things.

      彼女(かのじょ)(なぐ)()きはやや()みにくいです。

      Her scribblings are slightly difficult to read.

      計画(けいかく)失敗(しっぱい)してややイライラしています。

      The plan failed, so I am a little bit irritated.

      商品(しょうひん)値段(ねだん)(たか)くしたら(きゃく)やや()った。

      When we made the price of the product higher, customers decreased marginally.

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