gòng common; general

Made up of [ eight; 8 radical 12]

Note

Combines the characters for 'divide' and 'selfish' giving the concept of private things being divided up for public benefit
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using : fēn (divide) gōng (public) qí (his) sì (four) liù (six) xīng (prosper) xué (cave) dài (to respect)

Different tone

gōng (work) gōng (palace) gōng (public) gōng (accomplishment) gōng (bow) gōng (to provide) gǒng (two hands)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

有目共睹 yǒu mù gòng dǔ Obvious to everybody
Wed 30th Aug

Ban on lunchtime booze

Arguably Guizhou's most famous export is Maotai liquor. It's a potent distilled spirit made from fermented sorghum and often used for toasts at banquets for visiting dignitaries. It's also very expensive.

Now the central government has put on a ban for Guizhou local government employees from taking a lunchtime tipple. Not just maotai but all alcoholic drinks are banned - unless special dispensation is given. It's part of a government initiative to improve efficiency in local government. It's no longer going to be acceptable to doze through the afternoon in a semi-drunken stupor!


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shì to show; to reveal

Origin

Ancient pictograph of an altar. It has an alternative form as a left-side radical

Radical

Index 113 used in: used in: jì (border)
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