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Character  に 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER NI
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+306B

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization ni)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ni), whose equivalent in katakana is (ni). It is the twenty-second syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (NA-gyō, I-dan; “row NA, section I”).

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Particle[edit]

(romaji ni)

  1. particle for indirect objects; to
    • 返せ。
      おれかえせ。
      Ore ni kaese.
      Give it back to me.
  2. particle for location; in
  3. particle for direction; toward
    • 銀行行った。
      ぎんこういった。
      Ginkō ni itta.
      [I] went to the bank.
    • 学校行く。
      がっこういく。
      Gakkō ni iku.
      I'm going to school.
  4. particle indicating a passive agent; by
    • さされた。
      さされた。
      Ka ni sasareta.
      I was bitten by a mosquito.
  5. particle indicating purpose/intent; for; to
    • 映画を見行く。
      えいがをみいく。
      Eiga o mi ni iku.
      I'm going to see a movie.
  6. particle indicating a point in time; at
    • 7時にね。
      しちじね。
      Shichi ji ni ne.
      It is at seven o'clock. (Confirmation of when an event will take place.)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (e): to; toward
    In the sense indicating destination, the particles へ (e) and に (ni) are often interchangeable, though there is a slight difference of connotation or emphasis. へ (e) emphasizes the journey to the destination, while に (ni) emphasizes the arrival or entering it. The distinction is not quite the same as between English to and into; に (ni) is usually best translated as to because に (ni), unlike English into, can refer to the journey in addition to the arrival or entering the destination.

Noun[edit]

(romaji ni)

  1. : two

Kanji reading[edit]

(romaji ni)

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