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What does さん exactly mean?

Hi guys, I'm new to Japanese so I'm sorry if my question is stupid, but I noticed that さん doesn't just mean (Mr./Mrs.). so what does さん exactly mean? and can it be used in informal situation? or it just a formal way to refer to someone?

June 17, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sakuranb0

it should be a honorific term. * edit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_honorifics#San

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suhil95

Thank you Sakuranb0 :)

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chocochipkookie

And make sure not to attach it to your own name, only other peoples names!

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suhil95

Thank you

June 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaimeals23

Japanese words will have several meanings. さん is just a formal way to speak to refer to someone. It is an honorific. It is uses the same way as さま, くん, ちゃん.

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Firetrix

It basically translates to Mr./Mrs./Ms. which is the closest thing English has to honorifics. Basically it’s a sign of respect and polite formal speech.

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GenoMerc

さん can also mean mountain, if you have ever heard ふじーさん, Its not Mr. Fuji, Its Fuji Mountain

June 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suhil95

Thanks

June 20, 2019
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