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Grammar detail: 々

々 - kanji repetition symbol
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The symbol 々 in a word indicates that the previous kanji, along with its reading, is repeated. It's a convenient shorthand that emerged when kanji were still largely written by hand as a simple way to save time.
The symbol is formally known as くりかえし (repeat), or
どう
じてん
字点
(same character symbol). However, it often goes by the name ノマ, since it is drawn as the combination of these two katakana characters.
Typing the 々 symbol on a computer / phone keyboard can be tricky, as it is not a 'kanji' per se. Perhaps for this reason, many of the words that use it are increasingly written in hiragana in modern Japanese. On several Japanese entry IMEs (Input Method Editors - the formal name for the system you use to enter Japanese on a computer or phone etc.), the quickest option is to type のま (i.e., n o m a) or sometimes くりかえし (k u r i k a e s h i) and the IME may suggest 々 as an option. If you are struggling to find a suitable way to produce the character on your system, the simplest option is to simply type a word that contains it, such as
しょうしょう
少々
or
かたがた
方々
, and then delete the first character.
Since Japanese contains many onomatopoeic words and words that contain repeated sounds, the 々 character is encountered very frequently - in fact, it appears in just under 700 words in our dictionary. Some common examples include:
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Most common form: 少々
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
just a minute; small quantity
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0
Most common form: いろいろ
1. various  (often written with kana only)
2. various colors (colours)  (archaic)
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0
sometimes; at times
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0
Most common form: なかなか
1. very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather  (often written with kana only)
2. by no means (with negative verb); not readily  (often written with kana only)
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0
Most common form: 我我
we
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1
Most common form: 個々
individual; one by one; separate
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1
Most common form: そもそも
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
1. in the first place; to begin with; from the start; originally; ab initio  (often written with kana only)
conjunction
2. ... the heck (e.g. "what the heck?"); ... in the world (e.g. "why in the world?"); ... on earth (e.g. "who on earth?")  (see also: 一体; often written with kana only)
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Most common form: もともと
originally; by nature; from the start  (often written with kana only)
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Most common form: もともと
originally; by nature; from the start  (often written with kana only)
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2
noun
1. they (of people); gentlemen (of the ...)  (honorific)
2. you (usu. plural)  (honorific)
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2 3
varied; various
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2
in succession; one by one
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0
separately; individually
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1
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
every day; daily; day after day; days (e.g. good old days)
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2
Most common form: 人人
each person; people; men and women; everybody
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Kanji used in this grammar

(kanji repetition symbol)   
ドウ   おな same   
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ジ   character   あざ village section   
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テン    spot, point   
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ショウ   すこ a little   すくない few   
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ホウ   かた way, direction   
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