本当

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ほん
Grade: 1
とう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Adjectival noun[edit]

本当 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 本當, -na inflection, hiragana ほんとう, romaji hontō)

  1. true
  2. proper
  3. real
    本当 (ほんとう)出来 (でき)るのかい
    hontō ni dekiru no kai
    Can you really do it?

Usage notes[edit]

  • The form 本当な is nonstandard. 本当の is used instead.
  • Usually pronounced as ほんと (honto) instead of ほんとう (hontō), especially by young ladies.

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

本当 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 本當, hiragana ほんとう, romaji hontō)

  1. truth
    本当 (ほんとう)のことを (おし)えて。
    Hontō no koto o oshiete.
    Tell me the truth.
  2. reality

Synonyms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 本當

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin běndāng
Zhuyin ㄅㄣˇ ㄉㄤ
IPA (key) /pən²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ tɑŋ⁵⁵/

Verb[edit]

本当 (simplified, Pinyin běndāng, traditional 本當)

  1. (archaic) should