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Grammar detail: 〜上(じょう)

〜上(じょう) - within (location, field, domain etc.)
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じょう
means
in (a field or domain); within (a given context); given that (something) etc.
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This usage is restricted to specific nouns, for example: 表面上、形式上、ルール上、経験上、名目上.
ひょうめんじょう
表面上
ほんしょ
本書
だい
ぶぶん
部分
いちれん
一連
じれい
事例
へんせん
変遷
きろく
記録
した
ものである
On the surface the book consists mostly of a series of case histories.
でも
おれ
たち
きょうだい
兄妹
だろ
めいもくじょう
名目上

"But, we're brother and sisters aren't we!?" "In name we are."
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Words used in this grammar

on the surface; ostensibly; superficially; apparently
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noun
in name; on paper  (see also: 名目)
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Kanji used in this grammar

ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
ヒョウ   おもて surface, front   あらわ to show, to represent   あらわれる to be present, to appear   
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メン   おもて mask, features, surface   おも surface   つら face   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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シキ    ceremony, method, style   
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ケイ   キョウ   へ to elapse   
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ケン   ゲン    verification   
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メイ   ミョウ   な name   
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ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
ホン   book   もと origin   
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ショ   か to write   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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ブ   part
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ブン   ブ   フン   わける to divide, to distinguish   わかる to understand   わかれる to be divided   わかつ to share, distribute   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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ジ   ズ   こと thing; matter   
レイ   example   たとえる to illustrate, to compare   たとえば for example   
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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セン    change   
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キ   しる to note, write down   
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ロク    record   
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おれ me, I   
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ケイ   キョウ   elder brother; brother   あに elder brother   
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マイ   いもうと younger sister   
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