我が

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

Originally a compound of (wa, archaic) + (particle). Now fossilized into a single term. Note that in modern Japanese is used as the nominative or subject particle; in ancient Japanese, it was used as a possessive particle between two nouns, a usage still seen in some limited phrases, particularly in place names.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

我が (hiragana わが, romaji waga)

  1. (literary, archaic) my, our
     () (くに)
    waga kuni
    our country
     () (つま)
    waga tsuma
    my wife

Usage notes[edit]

This is a fossilized phrase, and usage is somewhat restricted. Carries old-fashioned connotations, and suggests a favorable view of the following noun. When used in reference to an organization, the speaker must be a member of that organization.

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