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simp. and trad.


Stroke order
Stroke order


Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  (white) + phonetic 

的 and 勺 had roughly similar pronunciations in Old Chinese; Baxter-Sagart reconstruct 的 as *t-lˤewk, compared with 勺 *m-t-qewk. (The m- and t- here are prefixes.)

The original meaning was "bright," hence the 白 semantic.

Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Han character[edit]

(radical 106 +3, 8 strokes, cangjie input 竹日心戈 (HAPI), four-corner 27620, composition)


  • KangXi: page 786, character 7
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 22692
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1201, character 9
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2644, character 16
  • Unihan data for U+7684


simp. and trad.


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

Initial: 端 (5)
Final: 錫
Division: IV

Openness: Open
Tone: Checked (Ø)

Fanqie: 都歷切
/tek̚/ /tiek̚/ /tek̚/ /tek̚/ /tɛjk̚/ /tiek̚/ /tɛk̚/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
‹ tek › /*[t-l]ˤewk/ bright; mark in a target

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
11210 2 /*pleːwɢ/


  1. (Beginning Mandarin) Used after an attribute. Indicates that the previous word has possession of the next one. In English it functions like ’s (or like the word “of” but with the position of possessor and possessee switched.) ’s , of
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè shì wǒ de shū. [Pinyin]
    This is my book.
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè běn shū shì lǎo Wáng de. [Pinyin]
    This book belong to Wang / This is Wang's book
    今天開會主席 [MSC, trad.]
    今天开会主席 [MSC, simp.]
    Jīntiān kāihuì shì nǐ de zhǔxí. [Pinyin]
    You will chair today's meeting.
    玩笑 [MSC, trad.]
    玩笑 [MSC, simp.]
    Bié kāi tā de wánxiào le. [Pinyin]
    Don't make fun of him.
      ―  shé de  ―  the snake’s poison
    眾人國家 / 众人国家  ―  zhòngrén de guójiā  ―  the People’s Country
  2. (used to link an noun, an adjective or a phrase to a noun to describe it) that, who
    紅色氣球 / 红色气球  ―  hóngsè de qìqiú  ―  a red ballon
    紀律 / 纪律  ―  tiě de jìlǜ  ―  iron discipline
    北京火车  ―  qù běijīng de huǒchē  ―  The train that goes to Beijing
    昨天 / 昨天  ―  zuótiān lái de rén  ―  The people who came yesterday
  3. (used to form a noun phrase or nominal expression)
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ ài chī là de. [Pinyin]
    I like hot (or peppery) food.
    菊花 [MSC, trad.]
    菊花 [MSC, simp.]
    Júhuā kāi le, yǒu hóng de, yǒu huáng de. [Pinyin]
    The chrysanthemums are in bloom; some are red and some yellow.
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Tā shuō tā de, wǒ gàn wǒ de. [Pinyin]
    Let him say what he likes; I'll just get on with my work.
    火車聊天聊天 [MSC, trad.]
    火车聊天聊天 [MSC, simp.]
    Huǒchē shàng kàn shū de kàn shū, liáotiān de liáotiān. [Pinyin]
    On the train some people were reading and some were chatting.
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ yào liǎng ge sān máo de. [Pinyin]
    I want two of the three-mao ones.
    無緣無故什麼 [MSC, trad.]
    无缘无故什么 [MSC, simp.]
    Wúyuánwúgù de nǐ, zhù shénme jí? [Pinyin]
    Why do you get excited for no reason at all?
    這裡只管 [MSC, trad.]
    这里只管 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhèlǐ yòng bù zháo nǐ, nǐ zhǐguǎn shuì nǐ de qù. [Pinyin]
    We don't need you here. You just go to bed.
  4. (used after a verb or between a verb and its object to stress an element of the sentence. it can be used with to surround the stressed element)
    [MSC, trad.]
    [MSC, simp.]
    Shéi mǎi de? [Pinyin]
    Who bought it?
    嗓子怎麼?—— [MSC, trad.]
    嗓子怎么?—— [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ sǎngzǐ zěnme yǎ le? - - chàng de. [Pinyin]
    Why are you so hoarse?--From singing.
    稿子 [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Shì wǒ dǎ de gǎozi, tā shàng de sè. [Pinyin]
    I made the sketch; he filled in the colours. (It is me who draw the sketch)
    昨天 [MSC, trad.]
    昨天 [MSC, simp.]
    Tā shì zuótiān jìn de chéng. [Pinyin]
    He went to town yesterday. (It's yesterday that he went to town)
    車站 [MSC, trad.]
    车站 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ shì zài chēzhàn dǎ de piào. [Pinyin]
    I bought the ticket at the station. (It's in the station that I bought the ticket)
  5. (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
    你們辛苦 [MSC, trad.]
    你们辛苦 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐmen zhè liǎng tiān zhēn gòu xīnkǔ de. [Pinyin]
    You've really been working hard the past few days.
  6. (used to express the idea of “of that kind”)
    針頭線腦 / 针头线脑  ―  zhēntóuxiànnǎo de  ―  things like needles and threads
  7. (informal) (used to express multiplication or addition) and, by
    屋子十五平方米 [MSC, trad.]
    屋子十五平方米 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè jiān wūzǐ shì wǔ mǐ de sān mǐ, hé shíwǔ píngfāngmǐ. [Pinyin]
    This room is five metres by three, or fifteen square metres.
    一共 [MSC, trad.]
    一共 [MSC, simp.]
    Liǎng ge de sān ge, yīgòng wǔ ge. [Pinyin]
    Two pieces and three pieces-there're five in all.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (possession particle): 的 must be omitted when it refers to a close relationship (family, close friends) or to an institutional or organizational relationship (school, work).
媽媽 / 妈妈zhè shì wǒ māma  ―  This is my mother
我們學校 / 我们学校zhè shì wǒmen xuéxiào  ―  This is our school
  • (particle linking a noun and an adjective): 的 is omitted if it is used with a single-syllable adjective.
 / huài rén  ―  bad person
  • It must be used when the adjective have more than one syllable or if the adjective is qualified by an adverb.
奇怪qíguài de rén  ―  strange person
hěn hǎo de chá  ―  a very good tea
  • 的 is also omitted when the association is frequent
中國 / 中国zhōngguó rén  ―  Chinese people
  • (classical or in set expressions) (zhī)
  • (obsolete or dialectal possessive particle)
  • (Cantonese)
  • (Wu)
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]
  • (homophones when used as particles, often mistakenly used interchangeably) ,
  • (Japanese attributive, possessive particle) (no)
  • (Korean attributive, possessive particle) (ui)



  1. really; truly
Derived terms[edit]



  1. target; objective
      ―    ―  purpose, aim, goal



  1. (used only as a phonetic element)
      ―  shì  ―  taxi
    黎波里  ―  líbōlǐ  ―  Tripoli
      ―    ―  to take/hire a taxi




(grade 4 “Kyōiku” kanji)



(hiragana まと, romaji mato)

  1. target, mark
    Accent: 0



(hiragana てき, romaji -teki)

  1. -ive
  2. -like, -ical, -ish
    These are suffixes for forming na-adjectives (形容動詞) from nouns (名詞).
    Accent: compound formed is of accent type 0



(jeok) (hangeul , revised jeok, McCune-Reischauer chŏk, Yale cek)

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Han character[edit]

(đích, đét, đít, điếc, đếch)

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