本当

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See also: 本當

Chinese[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see 本當 (“should”).
(This term, 本当, is the simplified form of 本當.)
Notes:

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ほん
Grade: 1
とう > と
Grade: 2
Irregular
Kanji in this term
ほん
Grade: 1
とう
Grade: 2
on’yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

本当 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 本當, -na inflection, hiragana ほんとう, rōmaji hontō, historical hiragana ほんたう)
(alternative reading hiragana ほんと, katakana ホント, romaji honto)

  1. true
  2. proper
  3. real
     (ほん) (とう) () ()るのかい?
    Hontō ni dekiru no kai?
    Can you really do it?

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

本当 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 本當, hiragana ほんとう, rōmaji hontō, historical hiragana ほんたう)
(alternative reading hiragana ほんと, katakana ホント, romaji honto)

  1. truth
     (ほん) (とう)のことを (おし)えて。
    Hontō no koto o oshiete.
    Tell me the truth.
    • 2004 December 31, Sorachi, Hideaki, “だい三十二くん うみみずがなぜしょっぱいかだと? オメーらかいじんおよぎながらようしてくからだろーがァァ‼ [Lesson 32: Why’s Sea Water So Salty? ‘Cos You Urban Folks Keep Pissin’ around Whenever You Go Swimmin’‼]”, in ぎんたま [Silver Soul], volume 5 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shueisha, ISBN 4-08-873697-4:
      は?えいりあん退 (たい) ()?え?ホントに ()たの?
      Wa? Eirian taiji? E? Honto ni kita no?
      What? Alien extermination? Like what? For real?
  2. reality

Usage notes[edit]

  • The form 本当な is nonstandard. 本当の is used instead.
  • Usually pronounced as ほんと (honto) instead of ほんとう (hontō), especially by young ladies.
  • This is an example of a word that can be spelled with katakana to convey an informal conversational tone, as ホント.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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