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よく and あんまり

よく and あんまり are two useful words in Japanese. よく is used to say, “Often,” when placed in front of positive verbs. あんまり is used to express, “Not often,” when used with negative verbs.

So if I want to write that I often go to a certain location, say Tokyo, I could write, よく東京に行きます。 - “I often go to Tokyo.” But since I don’t often go to Tokyo, I could instead write, 東京にあんまり行きません。 - “I don’t go to Tokyo much.” Note the positive and negative verb endings in both examples.

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