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Character U+3042, あ
Name HIRAGANA LETTER A
Block Hiragana
[U+3041] [U+3043]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji a)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(a). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(a). It is the first syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(a-gyō a-dan, row a, section a).
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Etymology 2[edit]

The short form of ‎(are).

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

‎(romaji a)

  1. : (archaic) first-person personal pronoun; I, me
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3456)
      宇都世美能 夜蘇許登乃敝波 思気久等母 安良蘇比可祢弖 乎許登奈須那
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3457)
      宇知日佐須 美夜能和我世波 夜麻登女乃 比射麻久其登尓 乎和須良須奈
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3458)
      奈勢能古夜 等里乃乎加恥志 奈可太乎礼 乎祢思奈久与 伊久豆君麻弖尓
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3471)
      思麻良久波 祢都追母安良牟乎 伊米能未尓 母登奈見要都追 乎祢思奈久流
    • c. 1001–1014, Genji Monogatari (Yūgao)
      が君、生き出で給へ。いと、いみじき目な見せ給ひそ
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Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji reading[edit]

‎(romaji a)

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