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Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER NO
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+306E

Chinese[edit]

-
simp. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

From the Japanese possessive marker ‎(no).

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Particle[edit]

  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong) Nonstandard form of .

Pronunciation 2[edit]

優之良品 (uses for 之)

Particle[edit]

  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong) Nonstandard form of .

Usage notes[edit]

Not used in a running Chinese text in any region. It may be used as a shorthand, or to achieve visual, Japanese-style effect such as on signs, book titles, pamphlet covers or signboards. Compare faux Cyrillic.

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Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization no)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(no), whose equivalent in katakana is ‎(no). It is the twenty-fifth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (NA-gyō, O-dan; “row NA, section O”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

/no2/ *[nə] → /no/ [no].

Particle[edit]

‎(romaji no)

  1. genitive case marker
    1. indicates possession: of, -'s
       (わたし)意見 (いけん)
      Watashi no iken.
      My opinion.
    2. indicates identity or apposition
      大統領 (だいとうりょう)ブッシュ ()
      Daitōryō no Busshu-shi.
      Mr. Bush, the President.
      山田 (やまだ)馬鹿野郎 (ばかやろう)
      Yamada no bakayarō!
      Yamada, you stupid jerk!
    3. a noun modifier
      数学 (すうがく)分野 (ぶんや)
      Sūgaku no bun'ya.
      The field of mathematics.
       (みどり) (くるま)
      Midori no kuruma.
      A green car.
  2. nominative case marker in a relative clause
    眉毛 (まゆげ) () (ひと)
    mayuge no koi hito
    a man whose eyebrow is thick
    • is interchangeable with in this usage.
  3. a sentence ending that indicates emphasis or a question, depending on intonation
    不可能 (ふかのう)じゃない
    Fukanō ja nai no?
    It's not possible?
  4. Nominalizes an adjective, verb, or phrase
     ()べる大好 (だいす)きだ。
    Taberu no wa daisuki da.
    I like eating very much.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Historically written using kanji as or .

Kanji reading[edit]

‎(romaji no)

  1. : field
  2. : express, tell