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Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER ZO
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+305E

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

The hiragana character ‎(so) with a dakuten ().

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji zo)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(zo). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(zo).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Particle[edit]

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‎(romaji zo)

  1. (colloquial) a particle used in the end of sentences, which indicates certainty or emphasis.
    • 1925, Denji Kuroshima, 「紋」:
      よそで (めし) (ぬす)んで ()うたりするんじゃない
      yoso de meshi o nusunde kūtari surunjanai zo
      You may not steal and eat food in other houses, ever.
  2. a particle used as a suffix to an interrogative word to mark it indefinite.
    • 1909, Mokutaro Kinoshita, 南蛮寺門前:
      何処 (どこ) (うた)うたふ (こえ) (きこ)えるやうやのう
      dokozo de uta utafu koe ga kikoeru yau ya nō
      It feels like we can hear voice of singers somewhere.
  3. (archaic) a particle which makes a question emphasized or rhetorical, used at the end of a sentence or appended to an interrogative word.
    • 1932, Yoshio Mikami, 和算の社会的・芸術的特性について:
      単純化 (たんじゅんか) (とうと)精神 (せいしん) ()くして、なんぞ、この (しゅ)のことが ()きて ()よう
      Tanjunka o tōtobu seishin ga nakushite, nanzo, kono shu no koto ga okite koyō zo.
      Without the spirit of treasuring simplification, how could this kind of things ever happen.