I see Mainen and Maitoshi used for every year? Is there any difference and why would one be used over another?

  • According to a dictionary dictionary.goo.ne.jp/thsrs/12831/meaning/m0u : "毎年(まいとし)/毎年(まいねん)… [使い分け] 話し言葉としては、「まいねん」の方が、やや改まった感じを与える。"
    – Chocolate
    Oct 19 '16 at 21:58
  • P.S. ↑ which is roughly saying: mainen sounds more formal than maitoshi.
    – Chocolate
    Oct 21 '16 at 1:14

As far as I know there is no difference except that maitoshi is used much more frequently.


  Q. 毎年は 「まいとし」 「まいねん」 どっちですか?

A. どちらの読み方でも問題ありませんよ。 日常会話とか会議報告とか、それぞれの雰囲気にあった読み方を選んでください。

So this person suggests that "Mainen" sounds more formal (more business -like), and I agree.

「とし」 makes me think of this character ( 歳 ), but it may be just me.

dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/206813/meaning/m0u/ -- まいさい【毎歳】 === 毎年。としごと。

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