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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai DA.png
U+3060, だ
HIRAGANA LETTER DA
Composition: [U+305F] + ◌゙ [U+3099]

[U+305F]
Hiragana
[U+3061]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
6 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

(romaji da)

  1. The hiragana syllable (da). Its equivalent in katakana is (da).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of ある (de aru)

Verb[edit]

(rōmaji da)

  1. A particle used when a sentence has a nominal as its predicate, usually but not always equal to the English verb "to be".
     (わたし) (がく) (せい)です
    Watashi wa gakusei desu.
    I am a student.
     () (ぶつ) (しょう) (どく)
    Obutsu wa shōdoku da.
    The filth should be disinfected.
    おかわり
    Okawari da.
    (Of a second helping) one more please.
    冬休 (ふゆやす)みは明日 (あした)から
    Fuyuyasumi wa ashita kara da.
    Winter vacation is from tomorrow. (Winter vacation starts from tomorrow.)
    トイレはどこですか?
    Toire wa doko desuka?
    Where is the toilet?
     () () (いっ) (かい)ですか、 () (かい)ですか?
    Uriba wa ikkai desuka, nikai desuka?
    Is the counter on the first floor or the second floor?
Usage notes[edit]
Conjugation[edit]
Synonyms[edit]
  • である
  • (Kansai dialect)
  • じゃ (Some western dialects. Also used in archaic speech in fictional characters)
See also[edit]