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こそ (rōmaji koso)

  1. Emphatic particle used for emphasis. There is no direct translation, but it is roughly analogous to "precisely".
     (きょ) ()こそ ()るぞ!
    Kyō koso, yaru zo!
    Today is when I'm going to do it!
     (きみ) ()きだからこそこれほど (がん) ()っているんだよ。
    Kimi ga suki dakara koso kore hodo ganbatte iru n da yo.
    It's precisely because I like you [because of my fondness for you] that I'm working this hard.
  2. Used when returning a greeting to someone.
    ”メリークリスマス!” ”あなたこそ!”
    Romanized pronunciation: "Meri- Kurisumasu!" "Anata koso!"
    Meaning: "Merry Christmas!" "You, too!"