Meaning

Primary

To Open

Alternative

To Be Open

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

You should know 開ける by now. This word is similar to that, except it has to do with when things are just open. It's the same thing, though. The meaning is also to open.

Reading

あく
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Do you remember the reading for 開ける, which you learned in level 10? That's right, it's あける! So if you know the reading of that word (I hope you do!) then you can apply that knowledge here.

Just a quick side note — 開く can also be read as ひらく, but we're going to focus on the あく reading here. Since ひらく has slightly different meanings, we won't accept it as a reading for this word, so be sure to enter あく!

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 〜が開く

Common Word Combinations

  • 口が開く
    a mouth opens (of a person, a bag, etc.), someone speaks
    戸が開く
    the door opens
    ドアが開く
    the door opens

Context Sentences

このお店は何時に開きますか。

What time does this shop open?

社会のまどが開いていますよ。

Your fly is open.

「すみません。トーフグ博物館は明日は開いてますか?」「開いてますよ。」

"Excuse me, is the Tofugu Museum open tomorrow?" "Yes, it's open."

Kanji Composition