普通

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Adjective[edit]

普通

  1. common; ordinary

Derived terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
つう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

普通 (-na inflection, hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. common, ordinary

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

The form 普通 is replacing 普通な in modern Japanese. See the usage notes below.

Noun[edit]

普通 (hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. the common, the ordinary, nothing special

Usage notes[edit]

As a noun, it is usually used with the possessive particle (​no), which makes it function as an adjective.

普通 is widely used for a variety of purposes. For example, to display modesty, one can use it respond to flattery (“oh, I’m nothing special”). Similarly, if a restaurant is okay, but not particularly noteworthy, it can be described as 普通.

普通 is also used in various conventional senses – a 普通列車 is a local train (as opposed to the 特急列車 or “special express train”), while an average student is a 普通の学生 (futsū no gakusei).

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References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

Noun[edit]

普通 (botong) (hangeul 보통)

  1. Hanja form? of 보통, “normality; usually”.

Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Adjective[edit]

普通

  1. Hán tự form of phổ thông (vi), "common, ordinary"