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育 vs 生

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育 vs 生

Postby Kurious » Thu 10.22.2009 5:26 pm

育 vs 生

Transitive:
育てる (sodateru)
生やす (hayasu)

Intransitive:
育つ (sodatsu)
生える (haeru)

Is there an important difference that I should learn here, or are they just synonyms? If I were to guess, I'd say that 育 relates to "bring up a child while educating" or "to grow up while learning"; whereas 生 is just to grow (i.e., a plant) or to grow up, pure and simple. But that's just a guess.

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Re: 育 vs 生

Postby keatonatron » Thu 10.22.2009 7:05 pm

生やす is often used for hair.
育てる is most often used for children, plants, or animals.

In fact, I think 生やす is "grow" and 育てる is "raise" (except for plants, which would also be "grow" :? )

I think if you were to use 生やす with plants, it would only really work with grass or something you are trying to amass a large amount of (as opposed to tending to each one individually like you would with flowers or something).
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Re: 育 vs 生

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 10.22.2009 11:52 pm

keatonatron wrote:I think if you were to use 生やす with plants, it would only really work with grass or something you are trying to amass a large amount of (as opposed to tending to each one individually like you would with flowers or something).


I was just going to mention that weeds and grass 生やす.
I mean you COULD 育つ, but it's really not something you need to put any effort into.

I always think of 育つ as something that you have to put effort into, where as 生やす is something that grows naturally without having to put any effort into it.
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