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Basic Rules about Chinese Stroke Order (Part Three)

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7. Write the central verticals before two sides. When a vertical stroke is in the middle as the prominent part of a character, and it does not cross other strokes (but it may join others sometimes), it should be written first. For example: "小(xiǎo, means small) " and "水(shuǐ, means water) ".

However, when it crosses other strokes, it should be written last. For example: "中" and "业".

中 (zhōng, means middle)

业 (yè, means occupation)

8. Write the horizontal stroke last. When a horizontal stroke is in the middle as the prominent part of a character, it should be written laster. For example: "女(nǚ, means female) " and "子".

子 (zǐ, means, child)

9. Write diǎnr (dot) and minor strokes last. For example: "我 (wǒ, means I, me)" and "玉".

玉 ( yù, means jade)

10. The integrative rule.
The nine rules in former lessons are only the gerenal rules and basic rule, which should not be unconditionally followed. Our advice is to apply these rules in an integrative manner. For example, one rule says to write horizontal strokes before the vertical ones, but when the vertical stroke is to the left of the horizontal stroke, the vertical stroke will be written first, like the character "上 (shāng, means up)". Some will be written from both sides to the middle, for example: "火".

火 (huǒ, means fire)


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