cóng from; via; passing through

Made up of [ rén person radical 9]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Original form had two people walking and stopping but has been simplified to two men walking 'from' somewhere
Number of strokes 4

Related characters

Using rén : zuò (seat) chá (tea) jīn (modern) zuò (sit) yǐ (to use) zhòng (many) jiǔ (long time) lìng (to order) shí (eat) shè (residence) huì (can) hé (why)

Different tone

cōng (quick at hearing)

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stroke order for 从
Stroke order for character 从, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


祸从口出 huò cóng kǒu chū Be careful what you say
力不从心 lì bù cóng xīn Falling short of ambition
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