zài exist; in; at

Made up of [ earth; soil radical 32]

Note

Originally a combination of 'cai' sprout and 'earth' perhaps making suggestion of 'existance' of a plant at a particular place
Number of strokes: 6

Related characters


Also uses component: cháng (threshing floor) chéng (city) dì (earth) guī (jade tablet) guī (jade tablet) hēi (black) jiāng (border) kuài (piece) lǐ (inside) líng (mound) qù (go) sàng (to lose) shèng (holy) sì (Buddhist temple) zhì (to arrive) zhōu (circuit) zǒu (walk) zuò (sit) zuò (seat)

Sounds same

zài (again) zài (to carry)

Different tone

zāi (disaster)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 在
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Proverbs

常在河边走,哪能不湿鞋 cháng zài hé biān zǒu, nǎ néng bù shī xié You can't ignore the local conditions
箭在弦上,不得不发 jiàn zài xián shàng, bù dé bù fā Things have reached a point when something must be done
老骥伏枥,志在千里 laǒ jì fú lì, zhì zài qiān lǐ High ambitions never fade
留得青山在,不怕没柴烧 liú dé qīng shān zài, bù pà méi chái shāo Do not despair, there is plenty of time and opportunity
羊毛出在羊身上 yáng maó chū zài yáng shēn shàng Unrealistic expectations. You get what you pay for
自由自在 zì yóu zì zài To be carefree, peaceful and relaxed

Phrases

zài nà r Where

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