之

Meta:

  1. 之 is the 44th most frequent character.
  2. 之 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 之 appears as a character in 173 words.
  4. 之 appears as a component in 2 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
之 => 𪜋, ㇝
Radical :
之 => 王 (jade), 丶 (dot), 戈 (spear), ㇝ (N/A)
Graphical :
之 => 一, 一, 丨, 一, 丶, 戈, ㇝

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. zhi1 - (possessive particle, literary equivalent of 的)/him/her/it

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 之 (zhi1): The component 丶 is pronounced as 'zhu3'. It has the same pinyin initial.

Example Words:

High Frequency

之 
之前 
之后 (之後)

Medium Frequency

一臂之力 
三分之一 
不败之地 (不敗之地)
久而久之 
之一 
之上 
之下 
之中 
之内 (之內)
之外 
之所以 
之间 (之間)
之际 (之際)
之类 (之類)
持之以恒 (持之以恆)
挥之不去 (揮之不去)
总之 (總之)

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之 also appears in:

所

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Meta:

  1. 所 is the 54th most frequent character.
  2. 所 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 所 appears as a character in 102 words.
  4. 所 appears as a component in 0 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
所 => 戶, 斤
Radical :
所 => 戶 (door/house), 斤 (axe)
Graphical :
所 => 丿, ㇒, 匚, 丿, ㇒, 一, 丨

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. suo3 - actually/place/classifier for houses, small buildings, institutions etc/that which/particle introducing a relative clause or passive/CL:個|个[ge4]

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

所 
所以 
所有 

Medium Frequency

一无所有 (一無所有)
不知所措 
之所以 
前所未有 
场所 (場所)
厕所 (廁所)
所在 
所谓 (所謂)
畅所欲言 (暢所欲言)
有所 
派出所 
无所事事 (無所事事)
无所谓 (無所謂)
理所当然 (理所當然)
随心所欲 (隨心所欲)

以

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Meta:

  1. 以 is the 23rd most frequent character.
  2. 以 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 以 appears as a character in 101 words.
  4. 以 appears as a component in 5 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
以 => No glyph available, 人
Radical :
以 => 乚 (second), 丶 (dot), 人 (human)
Graphical :
以 => 乚, 丶, 人

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. Yi3 - abbr. for Israel 以色列[Yi3 se4 lie4]
  2. yi3 - to use/according to/so as to/by means of/in order to/by/with/because

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 以 (yi3): The component 乚 is pronounced as 'ya4'. It has the same pinyin initial.

Example Words:

High Frequency

以 
以后 (以後)
可以 
所以 

Medium Frequency

之所以 
以上 
以下 
以来 (以來)
以前 
以及 
以外 
以往 
以为 (以為)
足以 
难以 (難以)

Appears In:

以 also appears in:
Decomposition Levels:
Level 1: Only divided once. So only two components.
Level 2: Radical Decomposition. The character gets decomposed into its lowest radical components. For the complete list visit the Radical wikipedia page.
Level 3: Graphical Decomposition. Shows all the strokes & lowest level of components that make up the character.
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