I'm a beginner and this word or particle or whatever it is has left me dumbfounded. Greatly appreciate if anyone can tell me what this is supposed to be.
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Do you have any other context for this character? As suggested in the comment above, it looks like the hiragana character 「れ」. However, depending on the context, it could possibly be a handwritten version of 「水」. I have seen instances where 水 written quickly ended up looking like れ (or check Google Images for 水 草書).