See also: いづも

Japanese edit

Alternative spelling

Etymology edit

From いつ (itsu, when) +‎ (mo, even, also).[1][2]

Pronunciation edit

Adverb edit

いつも (itsumo

  1. always, invariably, all the time
  2. usually
  3. (with a negative verb) never

Usage notes edit

If this term is part of a comparison phrase such as いつも (itsumo wa), いつも通り (itsumodōri), or いつもより (itsumo yori), it means “usually” instead of “always”.

This term is sometimes spelled in romaji as two separate words: itsu mo. However, it is idiomatically a single word like the English word whenever.

Noun edit

いつも (itsumo

  1. the usual, ordinary
    Itsumo no chūshoku o tabeta.
    He ate his usual (for) lunch.
    Kore wa reigai de, itsumo to wa chigaimasu.
    This is an exception, and is different from the usual.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 Akira Matsumura, editor (2006) 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ Kyōsuke Kindaichi, Haruhiko Kindaichi, Hidetoshi Kenbō, Takeshi Shibata, and Tadao Yamada, editors (1974) 新明解国語辞典 [Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten] (in Japanese), Second edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō