/kemu/ → /kem/ → /ken/
Shift from older けむ (kemu, auxiliary suffix for verbs indicating supposition about the past, including supposition about why something may have happened). This phonological shift was apparently already underway during the Heian period (794–1185).
- (Chūgoku, Shikoku, Kyūshū) because, since, so: presents the preceding clause as the reason for the following clause
- Synonym: から (kara)
- Jaga ima wa naichi mo fukeiki de gashite, kuzuya mo dame ja ken, naichi sa iku nā akirameru ga ee
- However the mainland economy is also in a recession now and waste collection business does not pay, so you should give up to go to the mainland.
- (Classical Japanese) Alternative form of
|For pronunciation and definitions of けん – see the following entries.|
|(This term, けん, is an alternative spelling of the above Sino-Japanese terms.|
For a list of all kanji read as けん, not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as けん.)
(The following entry is uncreated: 間.)