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May take the particle 'no'
Noun (futsuumeishi)
Usually written using kana alone
ordinary, common, usualgratuit, seulement

Meaning restricted to 只
Usually written using kana alone
free of charge

usu. as ただでは...
unaffected, as is, safe

Adverb (fukushi)
only, merely, just, simply

esp. 但
but, however, neverthelessnur, bloß, nichts als

ON: KUN: ただ
only, free, in addition

ON: ユイ, イKUN: ただ
solely, only, merely, simply

ON: KUN: いたずら, あだ
on foot, party, set, gang, ephemeral thing, uselessness, futility, vanity, emptiness, junior, people

ON: タンKUN: ただ.し
however, but

ON: ジョウKUN: つね, とこ-
usual, ordinary, normal, regular

Example sentences
ただ、面白いブログを書くために、人のブログを読むのなら今日から出来る。Parts: (ただ), 面白い (おもしろい), ブログ (ヴログ), 書く (かく), 為に (ために), (ひと), ブログ (ヴログ), 読む (よむ), なら (ならば), 今日 (きょう), から, 出来る (できる)However, if you're going to read people's blogs in order to write an interesting blog, you can do that right away.

私はその切符をただで手にいれた。Parts: (わたし), 其の (その), 切符 (きっぷ), (ただ), 手に入れる (てにいれる)
君はただ皿を洗いさえすればいい。Parts: (きみ), (ただ), (さら), 洗い (あらい), さえすれば, 良い (よい)
私は彼と学校に行くのが常でした。Parts: (わたし), (かれ), 学校 (がっこう), 行く (いく), (つね)I used to go to school with him.

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