JLPT N3 Grammar (ppoi)

Meaning

seems like; somewhat~; -ish; easily does~; often does~

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)っぽい
Noun
い-adjective
ppoi っぽい jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (ppoi). Meaning: seems like; somewhat~; -ish; easily does~; often does~.

Usage 1: Noun / い-adj + っぽい

When following a noun or い-adjective, this is similar to -ish, -like, -ly.

  • 子どもっぽい (kodomo ppoi) = childish, childlike.
  • 男っぽい (otoko ppoi) = manly; like a man.
  • 女っぽい (onnna ppoi) = womanly; like a woman.
  • 油っぽい (abura ppoi) = oily; lots of oil.

Note, the number of adjectives that can be used with this are limited.

See examples 1~6.

Usage 2: Verb + っぽい

When following a verb, the meaning changes to easy to do or often do~.

  • 忘れっぽい (wasure ppoi) = easy to forget; often forget.
  • 怒りっぽい (okori ppoi) = easy to anger; often angry.

Note, this cannot be used with all verbs.

See examples 7~9.


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Example #1

あぶらっぽいしょくじはすきじゃない。
abura ppoi shokuji wa suki janai.
I don't like oily foods.
Example #2

わたしはあなたのこどもっぽいところがすきです。
watashi wa anata no kodomo ppoi tokoro ga suki desu.
I like your childish side.
Example #3

あのしょうがくせいは、おとなっぽい。
ano shougakusei wa, otona ppoi.
That elementary school student is very adult-like.
Example #4

あさおきるとかおがあぶらっぽいです。
asa okiru to kao ga abura ppoi desu.
My face is oily when I wake up in the morning.
Example #5

このぎゅうにゅうはみずっぽくておいしくない。
kono gyuunyuu wa mizu pokkute oishikunai.
This milk is a little watery and doesn't taste very good.
Example #6

このくつ、デザインはいいけれど、きじがやすっぽいね。
kono kutsu, dezain wa ii keredo, kiji ga yasu ppoi ne.
These shoes have a nice design, but the material looks cheap.
Example #7

としをとると、わすれっぽくなる。
toshi o toru to, wasure ppoku naru.
As one gets older, they tend to become more forgetful.
Example #8

かれはおこりっぽいがよいゆうじんだ。
kare wa okori ppoi ga yoi yuujin da.
He is hot-tempered but he is a good friend.
Example #9

きみはあきっぽいからなにごともせいこうしないのだ。
kimi wa akippoi kara nanigoto mo seikou shinai no da.
You do not succeed in anything, because you are quick to lose interest.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
あぶらoil
くつshoes
生地きじfabric; material
牛乳ぎゅうにゅうmilk
薄いうすいthin

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