What is the most common word in Japanese?


The most common word, according to pretty much all the frequency lists I've found, is:


Although if you count particles and auxiliaries, then is probably the most common.


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    I'm surprised to see ぬ in the top 50. Where does it come from... – Yang Muye Mar 30 '14 at 0:35
  • not うん…?! Unbelievable. – bright-star Mar 30 '14 at 3:06
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    This seems strange to me. It's like saying "... although if you count articles and prepositions, then the is probably the most common." for English. Particles, auxiliaries, prepositions, and articles are just kinds of words. Then again the OP didn't specify. – hippietrail Mar 30 '14 at 7:23
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    @hippietrail It depends on your theory of grammar. Do you consider 及ばない one word or two? Is 私の one word or two? The truth is, "word" isn't well-defined. – snailplane Mar 30 '14 at 9:24
  • @snailboat: That is certainly true, which is why an answer shouldn't be based on one arbitrarily chosen definition of "word". At least you hedged your bets and gave both answers though (-: – hippietrail Mar 30 '14 at 9:29

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