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The character "々", what does it mean?

Janet Merai

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I have seen this character, "々," a number of times in MANGA and other Japanese sources.

In my NJStar Japanese WP, it is located in the punctuation tab and I still do not understand what it is for, any help here?
 

Mikawa Ossan

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OK, here are some examples:

人々
日々
木々
方々

Here is another way to write them that means the exact same thing:

人人
日日
木木
方方

Does that help at all?
 

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It clears up a lot of confusion, but what is the purpose of two Kanji of the same kind together?

month and month?
I don't get it O_O;
 

Mikawa Ossan

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It clears up a lot of confusion, but what is the purpose of two Kanji of the same kind together?
month and month?
I don't get it O_O;
Well, in a sense it "pluralizes" the word. ツ人 is basically "person" and ツ人ツ々 is bascially "people".
 

nice gaijin

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you got it; it's common for the second part of these compounds to become voiced.

ex:
時々 ときどき
人々 ひとびと
日々 ひび
木々 きぎ
方々 かたがた or ほうぼう
様々 さまざま

note that this happens to kanji that start with unvoiced consonants. those with voiced consonants remain unchanged:
楽々 らくらく
我々 われわれ
昔々 むかしむかし
 
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