Kun readings 🇯🇵
On readings 🇨🇳
The kanji 常 means
常 when paired with another kanji adds the meaning of normal, constant, or usual to the term.
In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 常, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.
Origin of the kanji 常
The kanji 常 is made up of 4 radicals. These are (from top to bottom):
rays of light
口: radical and kanji which means
piece of fabric
What does kanji mean 常
The kanji 常 is used to indicate something constant, ordinary, common. In fact, when the kanji 常 is used in combination with other kanji it adds the meaning of
ordinary to the meaning of the kanji it is paired with.
The following examples help to clarify its use:
Kanji readings 常
Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 常 assumes.
Kun readings of the kanji 常 🇯🇵
The reading つね is used for the term 常に, which means
constantly, and all the variations of this word.
Some words that use the kanji 常 reading つね are:
at all times
The reading こと is used as a suffix to indicate something perpetual or constant for a long time. This reading is not very common for the kanji 常.
Some words that use the kanji 常 reading とこ are:
without any change
On readings of the kanji 常 🇨🇳
The reading じょう is the most common and used for the kanji 常. This reading is used for the kanji in combination with other terms to mean
If the kanji to which 常 is paired already has the meaning of "not normal", "special", or "different", then the final term takes on the meaning of not ordinary or not normal
Some words that use the kanji 常 reading じょう are:
Examples of the kanji 常
That shop over there has oddly high prices.
He usually goes to school by bus.
He has acquired an extreme amount of knowledge.