If the kanji for child is 子 why is 子供 also child? In which cases would I say one vs the other?


子供 means kids or children in general.

子, apart from kid or child, can also mean "son" or "daughter". So if you say「子じゃなかった」sometimes it means he/she isn't my/your... son/daugther.

In the case of your question, you should say 「子供じゃなかった」. That means "he/she was not a child".

  • When you say 子供 means kids or children in general, does that mean it is plural? – William Oliver Apr 27 '18 at 22:21
  • It can be singular or plural, just like pretty much everything else. – Kurausukun Apr 28 '18 at 4:44

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