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Structures of Chinese Characters: the Compound Characters (Part Two)

In this lesson, we will give some examples to help you understand the compound characters of top-bottom structure. Please note that in some of the characters, not all strokes are shown one by one, because these have been shown in our former lessons.

2. Top-Bottom Structure (上下结构 )

On the basis of the sizes of top and bottom parts, it can be subdivided into three sub-strcutures:

1). a shorter top part and a longer bottom part, like the picture shows:

For example: "写" and "字".

写 (xiě, write)

字 (zì, character)

2). the top and the bottom parts are of equal size, like this picture shows:

For example: "名" and "是".

 

名 (míng, name)

是 (shì, be)

3). a longer top part and a shorter bottom part, like the picture shows:

For example: "息" and "点".

 

息 (xī, rest)

点 (diǎn, dot)


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