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もう

もう

Japanese

Adverb

もう (romaji )

  1. already
     (かれ)もうここに ()ている。
    Kare wa koko ni kite iru.
    He is already here.
  2. already the time to do so. shortly, soon.
    9時 (くじ)ですからもう失礼 (しつれい)します。
    Ku-ji desu kara shitsurei shimasu.
    It's nine o'clock so I must leave shortly.
  3. (negative sentence) any more
     (わたし)もう (ある)けない。
    Watashi wa arukenai.
    I can't walk any more.
  4. (もう + + counter) more, further
    もう一杯 (いっぱい)ください。
    ippai kudasai.
    Give me one more glass.

Usage notes

A common mistake among Japanese language learners is to use もう as a general term meaning more; the correct term in many cases is もっと (motto).

Senses 1-3 and sense 4 have different accents.

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Interjection

もう (romaji )

  1. (colloquial) jeez!, used to strengthen expression of an emotion such as exasperation
    もう (なに)やってんだよ。
    , nani yatte n da yo.
    Jeez, what're you up to?

Suffix

もう (romaji -mō)

  1. : network

Kanji reading

もう (romaji )