For example in the phrase "物の面", how would you commonly pronounce 面? I see three possibilities: めん、つら、おも. Which one (or ones) are commonly used?

Example sentence: "人の手の指先の内側にある、多くの細い線からできている模様。また、その模様が物の面についたあと。" (指紋の定義)

  • Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/57940/5010 But what is 物の面 supposed to mean? I haven't seen such a combination before. In this case, it's difficult to determine the reading without knowing the meaning.
    – naruto
    Mar 23, 2019 at 12:06
  • I've added an example sentence, which should make it clear.
    – hgiesel
    Mar 23, 2019 at 12:14

1 Answer 1


In your example, 面 is read めん because it means "surface (of a thing)".

As for when to use the other readings, see: 面 and 顔 difference?

  • Phew, then I was right all this time... (^^;)
    – hgiesel
    Mar 23, 2019 at 12:17

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