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Japanese[edit]

Character  を 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER WO
Codepoint U+3092
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]

  • IPA(key): [o̞]
  • (obsolete, careful speech) IPA(key): [ɰᵝo̞]
  • Homophone:

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanizations wo, o)

  1. (obsolete) The hiragana syllable (wo), whose equivalent in katakana is (wo). It is the forty-seventh syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (WA-gyō, O-dan; “row WA, section O”).
  2. (used as a particle) The hiragana syllable (o), whose equivalent in katakana is (o). It is the forty-seventh syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (WA-gyō, O-dan; “row WA, section O”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

/wo//o/

Pronunciation[edit]

The historical spelling is retained despite the modern pronunciation.

Particle[edit]

(romaji o)

  1. An accusative case particle: a grammatical marker following the direct object.
     (わたし)がリンゴ ()べる
    watashi ga ringo o taberu
    I eat an apple
     (わたし)リンゴが ()べる
    watashi o ringo ga taberu
    an apple eats me
    As shown in the above two usage examples, Japanese sentences use particles to indicate subject and object, instead of using word order as in English.

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