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    Stroke order of も doesn't follow the rules?


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    Hello, I'm learning to read and write hiragana and the stroke order of mo doesn't appear to follow the normal rules. Why do you draw the vertical stroke first before the two horizontal strokes? Is there a reason for it or is it just an exception?

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    も was made from the 草書体[そうしょたい] of the kanji 毛[モウ, け]. So, the stroke order of も was also from the the stroke order of 毛.
    Incidentally, the stroke oder is different in 楷書体[かいしょたい]. (The link of the wiktionary page doesn't work due to garbled characters. Please search 毛 on Wiktionary. The page has the flash of the stroke order.)

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    Okay thanks, it just seemed odd that も draws the hook first while モ and 毛 draw the horizontal lines first like the stroke order rules i've read.

    Probably same thing with ね わ れ ? Those 3 will most likely be the hardest for me to remember which is which.

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    モ was made from 毛 in 楷書体 unlike も. That's why those two kanas have different stroke orders.

    ね, わ, れ are from the 草書体 of 祢, 和, 礼 respectively.


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