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Etymology 1Edit

Originally a compound of Old Japanese elements (ko, (pronoun) this) +‎ (no, possessive, modifies following noun). as a pronoun is no longer used individually in modern Japanese.


Alternative formsEdit


この (rōmaji kono)

  1. (deictically) this ... (near the speaker)
    この (くるま) (みどり)です。
    Kono kuruma wa midori desu.
    This car is green.
    この ()鹿 ()ね!
    Kono baka ne!
    You idiot!
  2. (anaphorically) this ... I am talking about (only the speaker knows)
Usage notesEdit
  • This term can only be used when followed by a noun or noun phrase. It cannot be used as a standalone pronoun. Examples:
    • Correct:
      この (いろ) ()きです。Kono iro ga suki desu.I like this color.
      • A noun follows kono.
    • Incorrect:
      この ()きです。Kono ga suki desu.I like this ...
      • There must be a noun in place of the "...".
      • Using kono in this way is comparable to using English the without a noun after it (*I like the.).
  • Almost always spelled in hiragana as この.
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Etymology 2Edit


Abbreviation of Old Japanese kokono (“nine”).


Alternative formsEdit


この (rōmaji kono)

  1. (dated) nine
    Hī, fū, mī, yō, itsu, mū, nana, yā, kono, tō.
    One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Usage notesEdit

Generally only used when counting out loud, as in the example above. In writing, usually found spelled out in hiragana as この to make the reading unambiguous.



  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN