hunterx at ezl.com
Mon Nov 24 16:20:15 EST 1997
Zhou Tai An wrote:
> Can anyone explain why the Japanese sometimes use katakana instead of
> hiragana in their writing? I've seen, in EVA, koko (here) and hontou
> (really) written in that way, and many more times elsewhere.
Katakana is used mainly when writing words borrowed from other languages, unlike
hiragana, which is used for verbs (?) and grammatical endings of words, and kanji,
which basically compromises the rest of the Japanese vocabulary.
I may be wrong, though. I usually am. =)
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