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Etymology

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

Hiragana character

(romaji ni)

  1. The /ni/ syllable.
  2. The twenty-second character in the gojūon ordering of hiragana. The previous character is and the next character is . The equivalent katakana character is .

Related terms

Particle

(romaji ni)

  1. particle for indirect objects; to
    • 返せ。
      おれかえせ。
      Ore ni kaese.
      Give it back to me.
  2. particle for location; in
  3. particle for direction; toward
    • 銀行行った。
      ぎんこういった。
      Ginkō ni itta.
      [I] went to the bank.
    • 学校行く。
      がっこういく。
      Gakkō ni iku.
      I'm going to school.
  4. particle indicating a passive agent; by
    • さされた。
      さされた。
      Ka ni sasareta.
      I was bitten by a mosquito.
  5. particle indicating purpose/intent; for; to
    • 映画を見行く。
      えいがをみいく。
      Eiga o mi ni iku.
      I'm going to see a movie.

Synonyms

  • (e): to; toward
    In the sense indicating destination, the particles へ (e) and に (ni) are often interchangeable, though there is a slight difference of connotation or emphasis. へ (e) emphasizes the journey to the destination, while に (ni) emphasizes the arrival or entering it. The distinction is not quite the same as between English to and into; に (ni) is usually best translated as to because に (ni), unlike English into, can refer to the journey in addition to the arrival or entering the destination.

Noun

(romaji ni)

  1. : two

Kanji reading

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