Meaning

Primary

Nine Things

Word Type

numeral

Explanation

This word follows the "number of things" pattern where there's a kanji for a number plus on the end. Whenever you see this, you know the word means "____ things." Knowing that, as long as you know the kanji (which you do) you can figure out what number of things it is. For this one, it's the kanji for nine plus . So, this one is nine things.

Reading

ここのつ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since all of the "number of things" words all follow the same pattern (number plus ), you really just have to remember the part before the (and then remember that the is in all of these). All of the readings are the kun'yomi reading, which means we'll have to use a mnemonic to remember them (you know the on'yomi reading of the kanji portion).

What thing do you have nine of? The nine things that you have are nine coconuts (ここの). Imagine yourself juggling nine coconuts in the air. Try counting them while you're doing this, arriving at nine things. Once you've finished juggling with them, arrange them into a square on the ground. Three coconuts by three coconuts. Now you should remember how to read nine things.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 九つ〜
  • 九つの〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 九つくらい
    nine or so
    九つ上
    nine years older
    九つ下
    nine years younger
  • 九つのジャンル
    nine genres
    九つの山
    nine mountains
    九つのグループ
    nine groups

Context Sentences

きょうのテストには、じしょをつかうもんだいが九つあります。

There are nine questions that require a dictionary on today’s test.

ねこには九つのいのちがあるってほんとう?

Is it true that a cat has nine lives?

ドーナツを九つつくった。

I made nine donuts.

Kanji Composition