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水曜日は栗並さんはじめ皆さん、In this sentence, how shall I understand はじめ皆? What are the Kanji? Is は a particle, or is it the beginning of the word?

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はじめ (始め) here is a shortened version of をはじめとする.

In the form XをはじめとするY, X is an individual (or individuals), Y is a group that X belongs to. It basically refers to Y with X as a prime example.

A similar expression from NHK:

被災者をはじめとするすべての皆さんにおわびを申し上げたい

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  • If I understand correctly, perhaps an English translation might be "Y, but most of all X"?
    – jogloran
    Feb 21, 2023 at 0:24
  • Yes, except for the specific-to-generic order in the original sentence. Feb 21, 2023 at 12:07

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