[JLPT grammar] Is あまり not always used in negative sentences?

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I don’t get why this sentence is correct.
あまり is always used in negative sentences, but not in this sentence.
Can you please explain?

*泣(な)く cry



[My Reply]

The word あまり in this sentence and あまり used in a negative sentence have different meanings.

Your sentence means:
I was so happy that I cried.

This あまり means “so much… that”, “too”, i.e., “〜すぎて”, “とても〜て.” It can be understood as “extremely” in this context.


On the other hand, あまり in a negative sentence means “(not) very” or “(not) much.”
My Japanese is not very good.


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