Hiragana

Hiragana(平仮名) is used to write the following:

The purpose of Hiragana

Some flexibility can also be seen for words with more traditional “kanji” renditions to be instead written in hiragana, depending on the author’s preference. All Japanese words canbe spelled out entirely in katakana or hiragana, even when they are written using kanji. Some words are colloquially written in hiragana, and writing them in kanji might provide them a more formal tone. Hiragana, on the other hand, may impart a more emotional or softer feeling. For instance, the Japanese word “kawaii,” which stands for the Japanese equivalent of “cute,” can be entirely written in kanji as in 可愛い and hiragana as in かわいい.

Some lexical items that are usually written using kanji have become grammaticized in specific contexts, where they are instead written in hiragana. For instance, the root of the verb 見る (Miru, “see”) is typically written with the kanji 見. However, in cases when it is used as a suffix meaning “try out,” the whole verb is written in hiragana as みる, as in 食べてみる (tabetemiru, “try eating [it] and see”).

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