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    where to put "almost only"

    I'm explaining a kanji (a chinese character used in the Japanese language) to American people.

    1. This kanji is used almost only for this phrase.
    2. This kanji is almost only used for this phrase.

    Which is correct (or more natural)?

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    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    I'm explaining a kanji (a chinese character used in the Japanese language) to American people.

    1. This kanji is used almost only for this phrase.
    2. This kanji is almost only used for this phrase.

    Which is correct (or more natural)?
    They are both correct and equivalent for me.

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    #3

    Re: where to put "almost only"

    For this phrase or in this phrase?

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    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    For this phrase or in this phrase?
    I don't know. Is "for" incorrect?

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    #5

    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    I don't know. Is "for" incorrect?
    I would use either.

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    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    I don't know. Is "for" incorrect?
    Does the kanji represent the whole phrase (for) or a part (in)?

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    #7

    Re: where to put "almost only"

    I'd say, "This kanji is used almost solely for this phrase."
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-Jan-2014 at 11:33. Reason: spacing

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    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'd say, "This kanji is used almost solely for this phrase."
    Right...or 'almost exclusively'.

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    #9

    Re: where to put "almost only"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does the kanji represent the whole phrase (for) or a part (in)?
    I see. Since the kanji represents a part of the phrase, now I think it should be "in".
    Thank you for pointing that out.

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