shì matter; thing; item

Made up of [ jué 'vertical hook' radical 6, kǒu mouth radical 30]

Note

Represented by two hands acting in trust or holding a stylus in a hand while recording words
Number of strokes 8

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) suī (although) tái (typhoon) xǐ (to be fond of) zhī (to know) zhōu (surname Zhou) zú (foot) hào (name) gōng (palace) jù (sentence) mǎ (?) 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)

Sounds same

shì (is) 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 事
Stroke order for character 事, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

好人好事 haǒ rén haǒ shì Pleasant person; good actions
今日事,今日毕 jīn rì shì, jīn rì bì Finish the current job before doing anything new
没做亏心事,不怕鬼叫门 méi zuò kuī xīn shì, bù pà guǐ jiào mén If you have done nothing wrong, there is no worry over retribution
事倍功半 shì bèi gōng bàn Work with care rather than speed
事实胜于雄辩 shì shí shèng yú xióng biàn Better to act than just talk about it
无事不登三宝殿 wú shì bū dēng sān bǎo diàn Often it is obvious when somebody is after something

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