Japanese 345 - Plural nouns

Some Japanese nouns have a plural form in which their sound is doubled using the repeater symbol のま. For example, the term is the plural form of and is used to refer to multiple trees or a collection of trees.

The doubling of the sound emphasizes plurality and is a common linguistic feature in Japanese to indicate a collective or plural form of certain nouns, especially in the case of nature-related terms like trees, flowers, etc.

This method of indicating plurality is not uniformly applicable to all nouns in Japanese, as the language generally does not distinguish between singular and plural in the same way as English. However, for some words, especially those related to natural elements or items that commonly occur in groups, this doubling expresses the concept of multiplicity or abundance.