The Radical: 曽


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formerly, before    曽

Explanation From top: out of , field , sun . Out of the fields rises the sun as before.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 2Joyo 5
increase, gain, rise
masu, fueru/yasu,
Left: earth , right: formerly/before (At rain on the field as under the sun , that's how we worked formerly.)
On earth, compared to before, we have increased.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
class, stratum, layer

Top: buttock seen from the side , below: formerly/before (At rain on the field as under the sun , that's how we worked formerly.)
These buttocks were formerly in this (upper) class.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
hate, loathe, detest
nikumu/i/shimi,
Left: feeling , right: before/formerly build up (At rain on the field as under the sun , that's how we worked formerly.)
A feeling that I formerly had was hate.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
Buddhist priest, monk

Left: person , right: former/before (At rain on the field and under the sun , that's how we worked formerly.)
The person, who refers to the "formerly" is a priest.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
present, give
okuru, ZŌ, SŌ
Left: shell/money , right: formerly, before (At rain on the field and under the sun , that's how we worked formerly)
If I had money as formerly, I will give it as a present.
JLPT -Joyo 7
formerly, before
SŌ, ZO
From top: out of (here: rain), field , sun
At rain on the field and under the sun, that's how we worked formerly.

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