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For making conjugations, the last (or last 2) Hiragana of a Japanese verb is always written outside the Kanji.

For example, when I say the pronunciation of 行 is いく, it does not mean that the Kanji 行 alone should be pronounced as "iku". Instead, the last Hiragana く should be written outside the Kanji, so we should write this verb as 行く and pronounce this Kanji-Kana hybrid as "iku".

Although the Kanji 行 in this case is in fact pronounced as "i", we should NEVER just remember it without also remembering the Kana that is written outside.

This applies ONLY to 訓読み (Japanese style reading).

Kanji-Verb-Go 行

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How to remember?

It looks like an arrow pointing upward. Imagine that it shows us how we can go to our destination.


This Kanji itself is a radical.

行う(おこなう)、行く(いく / ゆく)

Although 行う and 行く share the same Kanji, they are actually two different verbs and have nothing to do with each other. When they are in their basic dictionary form, it is easy to tell the difference by looking at the last Hiragana, e.g. う or く. But when they are in the past tense form, both of them will become 行った. And you need to read the whole sentence in order to get the meaning. To avoid misunderstanding, usually いく is not written in Kanji and おこなう is sometimes written as 行なう.

ゆく is the same as いく. But it has no って or った form, i.e. ゆって and ゆった do not exist. ゆく has a touch of antique elegance and is frequently used in lyrics of pop songs.

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "wait"