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Grammar detail: あまり

あまり  not much; too ~
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negative adjective
or
あまり
+
negative verb
means
not much
For example:
ゆう
あまり
あつ
くなかった

It wasn't very hot last night.
この
へや
部屋
あまり
にっこう
日光
たらない

This room gets little sunshine.
きけん
危険
であるとともに
たか
からあまりやってほしくない
Along with being dangerous, it's expensive, so I don't really want you to do it.
However, the meaning can be reversed with the use of a positive adjective or verb, and sometimes the addition of に or にも for emphasis. For example:
あまり
あつ
ので
はたら
けない

It is too hot to work.
かれ
あまりにも
たいりょう
大量
ビール

He drinks a huge amount of beer.
verb plain form
+
あまり
or
noun + の
+
あまり + X
also expresses the opposite idea - i.e., that too much of something caused X.
For example:
それあまりにうますぎる
はなし

That's too good a story to be true.
かのじょ
彼女
いか
あまり
くち
けなかった

She was so angry that she could not speak.
あまり can also be written, less commonly, in kanji: 余り.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ヨ   surplus; left over; extra   あま to leave over   あま to be left over   
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セキ   ゆう night   
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ショ   あつ hot (weather)   
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ブ   part
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オク   や roof   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
コウ   ひかり light, sunshine   ひか to shine, twinkle   
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トウ   あてる    あたる to hit   
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キ   あぶない dangerous   あやぶむ to be apprehensive of   あやうく barely, narrowly; almost   
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ケン   けわしい steep   
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コウ   expensive; high   たか    たか expensive, tall, high   たかまる to be elevated   たかめる to promote, heighten   
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ドウ   はたら to work   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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リョウ   はか to measure   
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イン   の to drink   
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ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
ド   angry   おこ    いか to be angry   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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リ    effective, interest, profit, advantage   き to be effective   
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