3 Replies ・ Started by ultrasaurus at 2022-06-07 20:22:02 UTC ・ Last reply by ultrasaurus at 2022-06-08 06:36:28 UTC This is a discussion about 士 Is this really ever used as a word by itself? I haven't been able to find any example of that. There's a book that says that it is only used in compound words: https://books.google.com/books?id=QcrXBQAAQBAJ&lpg=PT75&ots=Jbh0fWM5pI&dq=%22%E5%A3%AB%22%20is%20a%20word%20by%20itself%20in%20a%20sentence%20in%20japanese&pg=PT75#v=onepage&q&f=false -- is this an error on the site? or do I not understand how it's represented here? Leebo at 2022-06-07 21:09:03 UTC Did you try looking it up in a monolingual dictionary? https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/%E5%A3%AB_%28%E3%81%97%29/#jn-92377 It gives some examples, including 同好の士, which has its own entry on Jisho as well. https://jisho.org/word/%E5%90%8C%E5%A5%BD%E3%81%AE%E5%A3%AB But just because something in the dictionary doesn't mean it's worth learning how to use it. I would recommend against trying to use this as a beginner. ultrasaurus at 2022-06-08 06:29:39 UTC Thanks. Also, found got a good answer with more examples here: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/94868/how-to-use-%e5%a3%ab-in-a-sentence-as-a-word-by-itself Personally, it is helpful to have more context in learning anything. 士 is a very useful Kanji, most commonly used as a suffix, yet it is good to know it's broader meaning so I don't get stuck in a rigid definition when first learning. ultrasaurus at 2022-06-08 06:36:28 UTC Also, appreciate the link to Japanese language dictionary -- great resource! Log in to reply.