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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai NO.png
U+306E, の
HIRAGANA LETTER NO

[U+306D]
Hiragana
[U+306F]

Chinese[edit]

simp. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from 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 )

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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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

(romaji no)

  1. The hiragana syllable (no). Its equivalent in katakana is (no). It is the twenty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (na-gyō o-dan, row na, section o).
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Etymology 2[edit]

/no2/ *[nə] → /no/ [no].

Particle[edit]

(rōmaji 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
      the President, Mr. Bush
      山田 (やまだ)馬鹿野郎 (ばかやろう)
      Yamada no bakayarō!
      Yamada, you stupid jerk!
    3. a noun, adverb, or phrase 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
      green car
       (すべ)商品 (しょうひん)
      subete no shōhin
      all goods
       (はは) () (がみ)
      haha e no tegami
      letter to mom
  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
    Synonyms:
  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?
    Isn't it impossible?
     ()いてん
    Kiiten no?
    Are you listening?
  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]
  • In senses 3 and 4, changes to when followed by .
    可能 (かのう)なの?
    kanō na no?
    Is it possible?
     (いろ)がきれいなのがいい。
    Iro ga kirei na no ga ī.
    I prefer something with a beautiful color.

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Kanji reading[edit]

(romaji no)

  1. : field
  2. : express, tell