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Character  だ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER DA
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3060

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology 1[edit]

The hiragana character (ta) with a dakuten ().

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization da)

  1. The hiragana syllable (da), whose equivalent in katakana is (da).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of ある (de aru)

Verb[edit]

(romaji da)

  1. to be
Usage notes[edit]

This word is a enclitic just like other particles. It is classified as 助動詞 (jodōshi) in traditional Japanese grammar, because of its particle-like phonological behavior.

Synonyms[edit]
  • である
  • (Kansai dialect)
  • じゃ (Some western dialects. Also used in archaic speech in fictional characters)
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