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Long ago, Japan had no writing system for its language. After contact with China the Chinese character system was borrowed and used to write Japanese, but it was awkward because the person reading it had to interpret the grammar for Japanese (very different from Chinese grammar) and add verb forms and things that were not in the text. Eventually an alphabet representing sounds instead of ideas was invented (based on some of the Chinese characters) to show things like verb tenses and conjugations. They are still used because of this, and because some items of vocabulary sound the same and would be confusing if written the same, so there are some words written with Chinese characters only, some with a combination, and some with only hiragana or katakana. Words imported from other languages are usually written with katakana.

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