mǎ ?; question

Made up of [ kǒu mouth radical 30, horse radical 187]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The 'mouth' radical suggests it is to do with speech, the horse part gives the sound.
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using kǒu : yòu (right) hé (together) wèn (ask) jiào (called) yǔ (language) shǐ (history) zhī (one) chī (to eat) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) gǔ (ancient) hēng (prosperous) huò (maybe) jiù (fault) jūn (monarch) kě (can) mìng (life) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) suī (although) tái (typhoon) xǐ (to be fond of) zhī (to know) zhōu (surname Zhou) zú (foot) hào (name) gōng (palace) jù (sentence) yuē (to speak) gǒu (dog) hé (to close) jí (lucky) lìng (other) bā (supposition or suggestion) xiōng (elder brother) hāi (sound of sighing) míng (name) gào (to tell) zhān (to observe) hòu (behind) táng (Tang) gè (each) chàng (to sing) tīng (to listen) hē (drink) yǎo (to bite) ne (and you?) chuán (boat) huí (to circle)
Using : mā (mother) zhù (to halt)

Sounds same

mǎ (horse)

Different tone

mā (mother)

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Pronunciation

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

Phrases

你是英国人吗 nǐ shì yīng guórén mǎ Are you English?
你好吗 nǐ hǎo mǎ How are you?
还要青菜吗 hái yào qīng càimǎ Are there any more vegetables?
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