hé what; how; why

Made up of [ rén Person (radical) radical 9, can; may; able to ]

Note

The radical gives the idea of person, 'ke' supplies a rough phonetic

Related characters


Using rén : tā (he) huā (flower) mén (s) huà (to make into) wèi (position) yè (night) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do) dài (replace) 亿 yì (100,000,000) nǐ (you) zhù (to live) fèn (portion) shén (what) gū (estimate) gōng (to provide) zhí (value) bǐng (both) rén (humane) chàng (to initiate) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) dǎo (fall) dàn (but) hòu (wait)
Using : á (what?) qí (strange) gē (elder brother) gē (elder brother)

Sounds same

hé (river) hé (together) hé (grain) hé (to close) hé (why)

Different tone

hē (drink)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

谈何容易 tán hé róng yì Not as easy as it seemed
有何不可 yǒu hé bù kě Anything may be possible

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Fri 1st Dec 2017

Grave robber given the death sentence

China can not be accused of taking the digging up of historical artifacts from burials lightly. It has always been culturally important to respect the graves of the dead as many still believe the ancestors pass judgment on their families. China has many ancient tombs some containing valuable ornaments and jewelry, particularly in northern China.

Yao Yuzhong from Inner Mongolia has been found guilty of grave robbing - not just himself but heading up a gang numbering 225 people. He now has two years to mount an appeal and even if he loses that, he may have his sentence commuted to life imprisonment for good behavior.


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