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U+3088, よ
HIRAGANA LETTER YO

[U+3087]
Hiragana
[U+3089]

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 yo)

  1. The hiragana syllable (yo). Its equivalent in katakana is (yo). It is the thirty-eighth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ya-gyō o-dan, row ya, section o).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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)ツァーリを (まも) (たま)え』
    “Kami yo Tsāri o mamoritamae”
    "God Save the Tsar!"
Synonyms[edit]
  • (final particle): (informal) (o)

Suffix[edit]

‎(romaji -yo)

  1. : over, more than

Noun[edit]

‎(romaji yo)

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