gù happening; instance; reason

Made up of [ suī rap radical 66, ancient ]

Note

Gu (ancient) provides the sound, the 'rap' radical suggests a sudden interruption - a knock at the door?
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using suī : jiào (religion) jiāo (to teach) fàng (let go) xiào (effect)
Using : gū (paternal aunt) gū (estimate) gù (hard) kǔ (bitter)

Sounds same

gù (hard)

Different tone

gū (paternal aunt) gū (estimate) gǔ (ancient) gǔ (valley)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

明知故问 míng zhī gù wèn To ask a question when already knowing the answer
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn Studying the past helps to understand the present

Measuring up

China had its own system of weights and measures that were scaled in units of ten long before the French adopted the metric system in the late eighteenth century. When the Republic of China was declared in 1912 the Chinese authorities aligned the traditional Chinese measures to the Metric system. The traditional measure of distance the 'li' is now defined as 500meters (which is 547 yards).
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