只

Meta:

  1. 只 is the 97th most frequent character.
  2. 只 has 3 dictionary entries.
  3. 只 appears as a character in 18 words.
  4. 只 appears as a component in 10 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
只 => 口, 八
Radical :
只 => 口 (mouth), 八 (eight/divide)
Graphical :
只 => 口, 八

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. zhi3 - only/merely/just/but
  2. zhi3 - but/only
  3. zhi1 - classifier for birds and certain animals, one of a pair, some utensils, vessels etc

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

只 

Medium Frequency

只是 
只有 
只要 

不

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Meta:

  1. 不 is the 4th most frequent character.
  2. 不 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 不 appears as a character in 752 words.
  4. 不 appears as a component in 13 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
不 => 丆, 卜
Radical :
不 => 一 (one), 丿 (bend), 卜 (divination)
Graphical :
不 => 一, 丿, 丨, 丶

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. bu4 - (negative prefix)/not/no

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 不 (bu4): The component 卜 is pronounced as 'bo5'. It has the same pinyin initial.
  2. Pronunciation clue for 不 (bu4): The component 卜 is pronounced as 'bu3'. It has the same pronunciation as the character, but differs on tone.

Example Words:

High Frequency

不 

Medium Frequency

不久 
不但 
不仅 (不僅)
不到 
不同 
不堪 
不如 
不妨 
不安 
不少 
不已 
不幸 
不得不 
不得了 
不愧 
不舍 (不捨)
不断 (不斷)
不时 (不時)
不止 
不渝 
不满 (不滿)
不为人知 (不為人知)
不然 
不爽 
不理 
不用 
不知不觉 (不知不覺)
不知所措 
不禁 
不管 
不至于 (不至於)
不良 
不见 (不見)
不许 (不許)
不论 (不論)
不足 
不过 (不過)
不错 (不錯)
并不 (並不)
了不起 
只不过 (只不過)
合不拢嘴 (合不攏嘴)
吕不韦 (呂不韋)
好不容易 
对不起 (對不起)
差不多 
怪不得 
意想不到 
与众不同 (與眾不同)
说不定 (說不定)

过

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Meta:

  1. 过 is the 46th most frequent character.
  2. 过 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 过 appears as a character in 140 words.
  4. 过 appears as a component in 1 character.

Decomposition:

Once :
过 => 辶, 寸
Radical :
过 => 辶 (walk), 寸 (thumb)
Graphical :
过 => 丶, ㇆, ㇝, 𠂇, 亅, 丶

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. Guo4 - surname Guo
  2. guo4 - (experienced action marker)/to cross/to go over/to pass (time)/to celebrate (a holiday)/to live/to get along/excessively/too-

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 过 (guo4): The component 辶 is pronounced as 'chuo4'. It has the same pinyin final.

Example Words:

High Frequency

不过 (不過)
超过 (超過)
过 (過)
过去 (過去)
过年 (過年)

Medium Frequency

太过 (太過)
度过 (度過)
放过 (放過)
经过 (經過)
罪过 (罪過)
莫过于 (莫過於)
路过 (路過)
通过 (通過)
过来 (過來)
过分 (過分)
过客 (過客)
过度 (過度)
过往 (過往)
过敏 (過敏)
过于 (過於)
过瘾 (過癮)
过程 (過程)
过节 (過節)
过头 (過頭)
错过 (錯過)
难过 (難過)

Appears In:

过 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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