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Character  ゆ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER YU
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3086

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 yu)

  1. The hiragana syllable (yu), whose equivalent in katakana is (yu). It is the thirty-seventh syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (YA-gyō, U-dan; “row YA, section U”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Attaches to the irrealis form of verbs. Conjugates as a lower bigrade: ye, ye, yu, yuru, yure, -.

Suffix[edit]

(romaji yu)

  1. expresses passiveness
  2. expresses possibility
  3. expresses natural, spontaneous occurrence
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