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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

可 可 可 可
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Ideogram (指事) – possibly Simplified from , eliminating 大 and using 可 for sound — compare from .

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  + phonetic 

ReferencesEdit

  • "" (in Mandarin), 字源. URL accessed on 2014-02-24.

Han characterEdit

(radical 30 +2, 5 strokes, cangjie input 一弓口 (MNR), four-corner 10620, composition)

  1. may, can, -able / -ible
  2. possibly

Derived charactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 172, character 12
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 3245
  • Dae Jaweon: page 383, character 7
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 567, character 7
  • Unihan data for U+53EF

ChineseEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (可), Pronunciation (1/1)

Initial: 溪 (29)
Final: 歌
Division: I

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 枯我切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/kʰɑX/ /kʰɑX/ /kʰɑX/ /kʰɑX/ /kʰaX/ /kʰɑX/ /kʰɑX/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system (2011)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
‹ khaX › /*kʰˁajʔ {*[k]ʰˁa[j]ʔ}/ may; acceptable
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
7446 1 /*kʰaːlʔ/

AdverbEdit

  1. can, may, able to
    可能 (possibly), 可以 (can)
    他没有家住。 tā méiyǒu jiā kě zhù.
    He had no place to live.
  2. (particle used for emphasis)
    不太知道。 wǒ kě bù tài zhīdào.
    I don't really know.

VerbEdit

  1. to approve, to permit
    许可
  2. to suit
    可心

Usage notesEdit

In compounds, it allow to turn names and verbs into adjectives.

可吃 (edible), 可爱 (lovely), 可怜 (pitiful)

CompoundsEdit

* 可食

ReferencesEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(grade 5 “Kyōiku” kanji)

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana , romaji ka)

  1. passable

See alsoEdit

SuffixEdit

(hiragana , romaji -ka)

  1. permitted, allowed, licensed

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(ga, geuk) (hangeul , , revised ga, geuk, McCune-Reischauer ka, kŭk)

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VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(khả, khá, tài)

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