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Character  る 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER RU
Codepoint U+308B
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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 ru)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ru), whose equivalent in katakana is (ru). It is the forty-first syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (RA-gyō, U-dan; “row RA, section U”).

Usage notes[edit]

  • In some cases the suffix 〜る is used as a general method to form verbs (as a 五段活用 (godan katsuyō, consonant stem conjugation, う-type verb)), as in サボる (saboru), but this is much less productive than 〜する (-suru, to do).

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