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Japanese[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER WO
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3092
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]

  • IPA(key): [ɰᵝo̞] (obsolete, careful speech)
  • Homophone:

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanizations wo, o)

  1. (obsolete) The hiragana syllable ‎(wo), whose equivalent in katakana is ‎(wo). It is the forty-seventh syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (WA-gyō, O-dan; “row WA, section O”).
  2. (used as a particle) The hiragana syllable ‎(o), whose equivalent in katakana is ‎(o). It is the forty-seventh syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (WA-gyō, O-dan; “row WA, section O”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

/wo//o/

Pronunciation[edit]

The historical spelling is retained despite the modern pronunciation.
In songs or hyperformal contexts, the old pronunciation wo may be used.

Particle[edit]

‎(romaji o)

  1. An accusative case particle: a grammatical marker following the direct object.
     (わたし)がリンゴ ()べる。
    Watashi ga ringo o taberu.
    I eat an apple.
     (わたし)リンゴが ()べる。
    Watashi o ringo ga taberu.
    An apple eats me.
    • As shown in the above two usage examples, Japanese sentences use particles to indicate subject and object, instead of using word order as in English.
    • 794, Shin'yaku Kegonkyō Ongi Shiki (page 85)
      渉險 上往也下左何之伎
      [translit?]
      (please add an English translation of this usage example)
  2. away from, off
     (せき) ()
    seki o tatsu
    to stand up from the seat
  3. along, in a line with
    廊下 (ろうか) (はし)
    rōka o hashiru
    to run across the corridor

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