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

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http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q115611556
  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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