A tip for ク、クウ、キュ、キュウ ON readings

Basically, amongst usual reading of jōyō kanji :

  • to distinguish between KU and KUU : except for 空 which has reading KUU, it is KU and never KUU.
    There is also 宮 which amongst various readings is often read GUU (神宮 じんぐう) and most exceptionally KUU, in the name of the two shrines in Ise as far as I know of a concrete use : 内宮 (ないくう) ,外宮(げくう)

  • to distinguish between KYU and KYUU : it is KYUU, never KYU.

I don’t know if there is a topic for this sort of tips (i would be interested by a link!) , so I’ve created a separate topic to share this little fact.

I strongly recommend Heisig Remembering the kanji vol.2 to know when a reading is unique amongst usual kanji , if a component always give its pronunciation to composite kanji or if only around half the time or if there is no regularity, etc.

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