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Stroke order
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Han character

(radical 6 +7, 8 strokes, cangjie input 十中中弓 (JLLN), four-corner 50007)

  1. affair, matter, business
  2. to serve
  3. accident, incident

References

  • KangXi: page 85, character 24
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 241
  • Dae Jaweon: page 174, character 15
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 23, character 3
  • Unihan data for U+4E8B

Cantonese

Hanzi

(Yale si6)


Japanese

Noun

(hiragana こと, romaji koto)

  1. abstract thing, affair, matter, fact
    ささいなだ。
    ささいなことだ。
    Sasai na koto da.
    It is a trivial matter.
  2. act (word used for the nominalization of verbs, adjectives, or phrases)
    ある程度まで私はあなたの言うに賛成です。
    あるていどまでわたしはあなたのいうことにさんせいです。
    Aru teido made watashi wa anata no iu koto ni sansei desu.
    I agree with what you say to some extent.
  3. event of special importance affair, something, incident, case, occurrence, trouble
    大変なが起こった。
    たいへんなことがおこった。
    Taihen na koto ga okotta.
    A terrible accident occurred
  4. business matters, affairs, business, work, duty
    慌ててを運ぶとミスをしますよ。
    あわててことをはこぶとミスをしますよ。
    Awatete koto o hakobu to misu o shimasu yo.
    You make mistakes if you do things in a hurry.
  5. things, occasions, circumstances, details, particulars
    彼は学校を遅刻するが有る。
    かれはがっこうをちこくすることがある。
    Kare wa gakkō o chikoku suru koto ga aru.
    He is sometimes late for school.
  6. worthwhileness, reason
    いやしくもなすに足るなら立派にやるだけの価値がある。
    いやしくもなすにたることならりっぱにやるだけのかちがある。
    Iyashiku mo nasu ni taru koto nara rippa ni yaru dake no kachi ga aru.
    If it is worth doing at all it is worth doing well
  7. experience
    京都に行ったが有りますか。
    きょうとにいったことがありますか。
    Kyōto ni itta koto ga arimasu ka.
    Have you ever been to Kyoto?

Usage notes

事 is used for abstract things such as actions or a concepts, whereas is used for more concrete things.

Kanji

(grade 3 kanji)

Readings

Compounds

Phrases


Korean

Hanja

(hangeul 사, revised sa, McCune-Reischauer sa)


Mandarin

Pronunciation

Noun

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin shì)

  1. thing; matter

Hanzi

(pinyin shì (shi4), Wade-Giles shih4)

Compounds


Vietnamese

Han character

(sự, )

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