ず Vs. づ

こんにちは!I have (yet another) question about Japanese: When should I use ず and when should I use づ ? Are they interchangeable? Can I use either? Is one obsolete? What's the difference?

ありがとう ございます for your answers!


November 20, 2017


Hi Woof.,
Check out this article for the detailed explanation about this topic. It’s both complicated and interesting.

Thanks Arachnje! :)

Also, please leave the . off the end of my name. :)

Hi Woof, Good question. These syllables are similar but different. Just as つ [tsu] and す[su] are pronounced differently, so too ず [zu] and づ [dzu] are pronounced slightly differently. If we get back to つ [tsu] it also has an interesting function in writing in that a smaller version of it can be used to indicate duplication of a consonant

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