普通

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
つう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Adjectival noun[edit]

普通 (-na inflection, hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. common, ordinary

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • "普通の" is preferable to replace Attributive 普通な.

Adverb[edit]

普通 (hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. usually

Noun[edit]

普通 (hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. common; ordinary; nothing special

Usage notes[edit]

As a noun, it is usually used in the genitive case (-の) which makes it function as an adjective.

普通 is widely used for a variety of purposes. For example, to display modesty, one can use it respond to flattery (“oh, I’m nothing special”). Similarly, if a restaurant is ok, but not particularly worthy of note, it can be described as 普通.

普通 is also used in various conventional senses – a 普通列車 is a local train (as opposed to the 特急列車), while an average student is a 普通の学生.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin pŭtōng
Zhuyin ㄆŭ5 ㄊㄨㄥ
IPA (key) /pʰŭ tʰʊŋ⁵⁵/

Adjective[edit]

普通 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin pŭtōng)

  1. common; ordinary

Derived terms[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Adjective[edit]

普通 (traditional and simplified, POJ phó͘-thong)

  1. common; ordinary

Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Adjective[edit]

普通

  1. Hán form of phổ thông (vi), "common, ordinary"