Last modified on 4 April 2014, at 16:59

Character  る 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER RU
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+308B
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JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization ru)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ru), whose equivalent in katakana is (ru). It is the forty-first syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (RA-gyō, U-dan; “row RA, section U”).

Usage notesEdit

  • In some cases the suffix 〜る is used as a general method to form verbs (as a 五段活用 (godan katsuyō, consonant stem conjugation, う-type verb)), as in サボる (saboru), but this is much less productive than 〜する (-suru, to do).

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