[JLPT grammar] The difference between なんか and なんて

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

There is no such thing as drinking alcohol on the job.


You can replace なんて with なんか when you emphasize the word which comes before なんか and express your feelings such as surprise (either positive or negative), disgust, admiration, happiness, disbelief, etc.

But you use なんか right after a noun, and you can’t use なんか after an adjective or verb.

◎お酒なんてありえません。(お酒; noun)
◎お酒を飲むなんてありえません。(飲む; verb)


◎小(ちい)さい家(いえ)なんて住(す)めない。(家; noun)
◎家が小さいなんて嫌(いや)だ。(小さい; i-adjective)


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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