Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai YO.png
U+3088, よ
HIRAGANA LETTER YO

[U+3087]
Hiragana
[U+3089]

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

SyllableEdit

(romaji yo)

  1. The hiragana syllable (yo). Its equivalent in katakana is (yo). It is the thirty-eighth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ya-gyō o-dan, row ya, section o).
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

ParticleEdit

(rōmaji yo)

 
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  1. Indicates certainty, conviction, or emphasis.
    「ポレット先生 (せんせい)はいますか。」「はい、います。」
    “Poretto sensei wa imasu ka.” “Hai, imasu yo.”
    "Is Mr. Pollett here?" "Yes, [I'm certain that] he is here."
    そうじゃない
    Sō ja nai yo!
    It's not like that!
  2. (literary, poetic) Used as a vocative particle to address the topic in question: O.
     (あめ) (ゆき) ()わってくれ。
    Ame yo yuki ni kawattekure.
    O Rain! Please change into snow!
     (かみ)ツァーリを (まも) (たま)え』
    “Kami yo Tsāri o mamoritamae”
    "God Save the Tsar!"
SynonymsEdit
  • (final particle): (informal) (o)

SuffixEdit

(rōmaji -yo)

  1. : over, more than

NounEdit

(rōmaji yo)

  1. : night, evening
  2. : deposit, in advance