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ほとんど / しなくたって

eeky

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Hi,

1. 私たちは遠征試合でほとんど負けた。

This is translated as "We lost almost all our away games". I read it as meaning that they almost lost one particular away game. Where does the "almost all" meaning come from?

2. 「君が何でもかんでも自分のせいにしなくたって」

What is しなくたって? I suppose it is something to do with しない, but I don't understand the ending.
 

Toritoribe

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"Almost lost a game" is (ほとんど)負けそうだった/負けるところだった. 負けた means "lost", whereas "almost lost" is actually "won".

2)
~たって is conditional, similar to ~ても.
しなくたって = しなくても(いいのに)
 

mdchachi

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ほとんど is usually used in the "almost always"/"almost all" or "almost never"/"almost none" sense so it really doesn't apply to one instance. Even Toritoribe-san's example about one game reads like it's talking about multiple things e.g. moments in time. I read it like "It looked like we would lose almost the entire time." Without the ほとんど it doesn't have that nuance.
 
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