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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai TU.png
U+3064, つ
HIRAGANA LETTER TU

[U+3063]
Hiragana
[U+3065]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
1 stroke

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

(romaji tsu)

  1. The hiragana syllable (tsu). Its equivalent in katakana is (tsu). It is the eighteenth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ta-gyō u-dan, row ta, section u).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Counter[edit]

(rōmaji -tsu)

  1. small items
Compounds[edit]
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Old Japanese.

Particle[edit]

(rōmaji tsu)

  1. (obsolete) genitive case marker
     (とよ) (あし) (はらの) (なかつ) (くに)
    Toyoashihara no Nakatsukuni
    Toyoashihara no Nakatsukuni

Etymology 4[edit]

Suffix[edit]

(rōmaji -tsu)

  1. (Classical Japanese, auxiliary) Indicates the completion of an action.
  2. (Classical Japanese, auxiliary) Indicates affirmation.
  3. (Classical Japanese, auxiliary, in the form ...tsu ...tsu) Shows parallel action.
Usage notes[edit]
  • 下二段活用 (shimo nidan katsuyō, lower bigrade conjugation). Attaches to the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of a verb.
  • (tsu) is mainly used with transitive verbs while (nu) is mainly used with intransitive verbs.