普通

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
つう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

普通 (-na inflection, hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. common, ordinary

InflectionEdit

Usage notesEdit

The form 普通 is replacing 普通な in modern Japanese. See the usage notes below.

NounEdit

普通 (hiragana ふつう, romaji futsū)

  1. the common, the ordinary, nothing special

Usage notesEdit

As a noun, it is usually used with the possessive particle (​no), which makes it function as an adjective.

普通 is widely used for a variety of purposes. For example, to display modesty, one can use it respond to flattery (“oh, I’m nothing special”). Similarly, if a restaurant is okay, but not particularly noteworthy, it can be described as 普通.

普通 is also used in various conventional senses – a 普通列車 is a local train (as opposed to the 特急列車 or “special express train”), while an average student is a 普通の学生 (futsū no gakusei).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin pǔtōng
Zhuyin ㄆㄨˇ ㄊㄨㄥ
IPA (key) /pʰu²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ tʰʊŋ⁵⁵/

AdjectiveEdit

普通 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin pǔtōng)

  1. common; ordinary

Derived termsEdit


Min NanEdit

simpl. and trad.

AdjectiveEdit

普通 (traditional and simplified, POJ phó͘-thong)

  1. common; ordinary

VietnameseEdit

Hán tự in this word

AdjectiveEdit

普通

  1. Hán form of phổ thông (vi), "common, ordinary"


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