作 zuò to do; to grow; to write or compose
Made up of [
at first; suddenly; abruptly
Note Person with original phonetic component for 'zuo' meaning stitching cloth together hence 'work' in general, modern seconfd part means 'suddenly',
Number of strokes
Using 亻 rén
他 tā (he) 花 huā (flower) 们 mén (s) 何 hé (what) 化 huà (to make into) 位 wèi (position) 夜 yè (night) 传 zhuàn (biography) 代 dài (replace) 亿 yì (100,000,000) 你 nǐ (you) 住 zhù (to live) 份 fèn (portion) 什 shén (what) 估 gū (estimate) 供 gōng (to provide) 值 zhí (value) 俩 bǐng (both) 仁 rén (humane) 倡 chàng (to initiate) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) 倒 dǎo (fall) 但 dàn (but)
候 hòu (wait) Using 乍 zhà
炸 zhà (to explode) 窄 xué (narrow) 怎 dìng (how) 昨 zuó (previous) Sounds same
座 zuò (seat)
坐 zuò (sit) Different tone
昨 zuó (previous)
左 zuǒ (left) Pronunciation Your browser does not support this audio element.
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天作之合 tiān zuò zhī hé
小题大作 xiaǒ tí dà zuò
Procrastination and exaggeration
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