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々 the kanji that indicates repetition

 
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Dir.en.Rei



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:44 am    Post subject: 々 the kanji that indicates repetition Reply with quote

々 what do I classify this symbol as? and where can I get more info on it. I couldn't find it in Wakan I used characters tab -> in clipboard to search for it.

I know its used as a suffix for nouns to indicate plurality. is it used exclusively for this purpose?

its 3 strokes right? what's it called? if it is exclusively used as a suffix then I guess it wouldn't have any definitive kun or on readings?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E3%80%85

You can find it in wakan if you type "kurikaeshi" in the dictionary.
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Dir.en.Rei



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks heaps ^^
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:51 am    Post subject: Re: 々 the kanji that indicates repetition Reply with quote

Dir.en.Rei wrote:
I couldn't find it in Wakan I used in clipboard to search for it.


Ray,

Did you try to search for words containing it?

When I search for it using the "By clipboard" button, as you did, along with the +A button, I get a list of 435 search results; with the +A+ button, there are 615 .

With the A+ button, for some reason, one gets 3 results with 々 by itself: onaji, onajiku, and kurikaeshi. It is presumably a bug that these only show up with the A+ button, and not as exact matches, which is what you probably looked for.

As that Wiktionary article indicated, 々 indicates repetition of a kanji. While this does in some cases indicate a plural (e.g. 人々= hitobito, although this is also a spelling of ninnin) or some kind of repetition, there are also many words for which this is not the case; e.g. 若々しい and 段々.

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Dir.en.Rei



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, tony
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