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Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER YO
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3088

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization yo)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(yo), whose equivalent in katakana is ‎(yo). It is the thirty-eighth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (YA-gyō, O-dan; “row YA, section O”).

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Particle[edit]

‎(romaji yo)

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  1. Indicates certainty, conviction, or emphasis.
    「ポレット先生 (せんせい)はいますか。」「はい、います。」
    "Poretto sensei wa imasu ka. ""Hai, imasu yo. "
    "Is Mr. Pollett here?" "Yes, [I'm certain that] he is here."
    そうじゃない
    Sō ja nai yo!
    It's not like that!
  2. (literary, poetic) Used as a vocative particle to address the topic in question: O.
     (あめ) (ゆき) ()わってくれ。
    Ame yo yuki ni kawattekure.
    O Rain! Please change into snow!
     (かみ) (わたし) (まも)ってください。
    Kami yo, watashi o mamottekudasai.
    May God protect me!
     (かみ)ツァーリを (まも) (たま)え』
    "Kami yo Tsāri o mamoritamae"
    "God Save the Tsar!"

Suffix[edit]

‎(romaji -yo)

  1. : over, more than

Noun[edit]

‎(romaji yo)

  1. : night, evening
  2. : deposit, in advance