Meaning

Primary

Plural

Alternative

Plural Form

Word Type

noun

Explanation

If 複数 is multiple, and is shape, then when something is in a "multiple shape," it has more than one version of itself. It's the plural, or the plural form.

Reading

ふくすうけい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word that uses the on'yomi readings of the kanji. You should be able to read this on your own. Will help to know the word 複数 as well.

Context

Context Sentences

Sheepの複数形はsheepです。

The plural of sheep is sheep.

「この単語の複数形も知らないの?」って友達に笑われて、とても傷つきました。

My friend said, "You don't even know the plural of this word?" and laughed at me, and I was very hurt.

日本語では英語に比べて単語を複数形にすることは少ないです。

In Japanese you don’t need to change things to the plural form as often as in English.

Kanji Composition