gè 'of'


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The modern form is much simplified and is one of the few characters that is not considered to have a radical
Number of strokes 3

Sounds same

gè (each)

Different tone

gē (spear) gē (elder brother) gē (song) gé (animal hide)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

交个朋友多条路,树个敌人多堵墙 jiāo gè péng you duō tiáo lù, shù gè dí rén duō dǔ qiáng It is better to make friends than enemies
三个臭皮匠,凑个诸葛亮 sān gè chòu pí jiàng, còu gè Zhūgě Liàng Joint effort can help solve big problems
一步一个脚印儿 yī bù yī gè jiǎo yìnr Work steadily one step at a time in order to make solid progress
一个和尚挑水喝,两个和尚抬水喝,三个和尚没水喝 yī gè hé shang tiāo shuǐ hē, liǎng gè hé shang tái shuǐ hē, sān ge hé shang méi shuǐ hē Sometimes work is best done alone, a group may just spend the time discussing without doing anything

Phrases

四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
一个星期 yī gè xīng qī one week
下个星期 xià gè xīng qī next week
上个星期 shàng gè xīng qī last week
这个月 zhè gè yuè this month
下个月 xià gè yuè next month

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