shì is; yes; correct

Made up of [ sun; day radical 72]

Note

Combines the character for 'correct' and the sun at midday
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using : míng (bright) xiāng (fragrant) chūn (spring) chāng (prosperous) mò (do not) shǔ (heat) zhě (in process of) zhuō (table) qíng (clear sky) jiàn (gap) bái (bright) jǐng (bright) céng (once) yīn (sound) jiù (old) zuì (most) yì (easy) zuó (previous) dàn (dawn) zǎo (early) wǎn (evening) shí (time)

Sounds same

shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (spirit) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show)

Different tone

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose) shī (corpse) shí (ten) shí (time) shí (rock) shí (real) shí (food) shí (eat) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

姜是老的辣 jiāng shì lǎo de là Experience gives wisdom
口是心非 kǒu shì xīn fēi To say the opposite of what you really think
失败是成功之母 shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ Learning from mistakes
头头是道 tóu tóu shì daò Logically and rigorously argued

Phrases

她是美国人 tā shì měi guó rén She is an American
他们不是法国人 tā mén bù shì fǎ guó rén They are not French
你是英国人吗 nǐ shì yīng guó rén mǎ Are you English?
这是我的张票 zhè shì wǒ de zhāng piào This is my ticket
还是 hái shì or

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