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Character  の 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER NO
Codepoint U+306E

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization no)

  1. The hiragana syllable (no), whose equivalent in katakana is (no). It is the twenty-fifth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (NA-gyō, O-dan; “row NA, section O”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

/no2/ *[nə] → /no/ [no].

Particle[edit]

(romaji no)

  1. (genitive case marker)
    意見
    わたしいけん
    watashi no iken.
    My opinion.
  2. (indicates identity or apposition)
    大統領ブッシュ氏。
    だいとうりょうブッシュ
    Daitōryō no Busshu-shi.
    Mr Bush, the President.
    山田馬鹿野郎
    やまだばかやろう!
    Yamada no bakayarō!
    Yamada, you stupid jerk!
  3. (a noun modifier)
    数学分野
    すうがくぶんや。
    Sūgaku no bun'ya.
    The field of mathematics.
    みどりくるま。
    Midori no kuruma.
    A green car.
  4. (a sentence ending that indicates emphasis or a question, depending on intonation)
    不可能じゃない
    ふかのうじゃない
    Fukanō janai no?
    It's not possible?
  5. Nominalizes an adjective, verb, or phrase
    食べるは大好きだ。
    たべるはだいすきだ。
    Taberu no wa daisuki da.
    I like eating very much.
Usage notes[edit]

Historically written as or .

Kanji reading[edit]

(romaji no)

  1. : field
  2. : express, tell

Mandarin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Japanese possessive marker (no).

優之良品 (uses for 之)

Particle[edit]

(de)

  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong, nonstandard) Possessive marker (de).

Particle[edit]

(zhī)

  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong, nonstandard) Possessive marker (zhī).

Usage notes[edit]

Not used in a running Mandarin Chinese text in any region. It may be used as a shorthand, or to achieve visual, Japanese-style effect such as on signs, book titles, pamphlet covers or signboards. Compare faux Cyrillic.

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