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, まえ
1. in front (of), before (e.g. the house)
Adverbial noun, Temporal noun (jisoumeishi), See 前・ぜん・3
2. ago, before, previously, prior, (minutes) to (the hour)
3. front (of something), head (e.g. of a line), fore part
May take 'no'
4. front (e.g. seat), previous (e.g. entry in a list), prior, former
5. (in the) presence (of), in front (of someone)
, , 先き, さき
May take 'no', Noun, used as a suffix, Prefix
1. previous, prior, former, first, earlier, some time ago, preceding
2. point (e.g. pencil), tip, end, nozzle
3. head (of a line), front
4. ahead, the other side
5. the future, hereafter
, ぜん
Noun, used as a prefix
1. the last (i.e. immediately preceding) (e.g. "the last mayor"), previous, one-time, former
before the name of an era
2. pre- (e.g. "premodern")
May take 'no', See 前・まえ・1
3. before, earlier
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