ソウ, ショウ, あい, あ, い, おう, さ, さが, すけ

inter-, mutual, together, each other, minister of state, councillor, aspect, phase, physiognomy

JLPT3 G3 S9 F45

here an abbreviated form# of (observe) + tree/wood → eyes focused on an object (establishing a *mutual* relation between observer and observed) → *together*; *watch*; *assist*; *assistant*; *shape*; *appearance* → (grammatical) *voice*; *emphatic verbal prefix*. Also, *minister* (← one who assists a ruler).

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