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English Reference for honno (ほんの)

pre-noun adjectival usually kana mere, only, just, not even (with negative verb)
Example sentences
Could I see you a minute, please
Only a few members turned up at the meeting
Don't take me seriously. I'm only joking
The matter is nothing more than an accident
It was only an informal party
With regard to big inventions, chance has played a very small part
It's only a short way, so you can walk there in a few minutes
School being over, there were only a small number of pupils in the playground
He is a mere child
I don't want to put her to even a small inconvenience
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