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The 連用形 ‎(ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 好く ‎(suku, to like, to be fond of, to enjoy, to feel love for).[1]


IPA(key): /, [sɯᵝ˦.ki˨]


好き ‎(-na inflection, hiragana すき, romaji suki)

  1. liked, favorite
     () () (もの)は?アイスクリームです。
    Suki na tabemono wa? aisukurīmu desu.
    What's your favorite food? - It's ice cream.
     (きみ) ()だからこそこれほど頑張 (がんば)っているんだよ。
    Kimi ga suki da kara 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.
    Suki desu.
    “I like you.” → idiomatically used to express: “I love you.”
    どうとも ()にしなさい
    Dō tomo suki ni shinasai.
    Feel free to do as you like.

Usage notesEdit

Used as an adjective to describe the thing that is liked. Note that this is different from English, where the term like is used as a verb describing the action of having a fondness or preference for something.



好き ‎(hiragana すき, romaji suki)

  1. fondness, favor, favour
     ()こそものの上手 (じょうず)なれ
    Suki koso mono no jōzu nare
    Your fondness helps improve your skill. → Who likes not his business, his business doesn't like him.

Derived termsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  • 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan