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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
可-bw.png
Stroke order
可-order.gif

Han character[edit]

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

Derived characters[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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

Chinese[edit]

simp. and trad.

Glyph origin[edit]

Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Bamboo and silk script Large seal script Small seal script
可-oracle.svg 可-bronze.svg 可-silk.svg 可-bigseal.svg 可-seal.svg

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

Phono-semantic compound (形聲, OC *kʰaːlʔ): semantic  + phonetic  ‎(OC *kʰluːʔ)

Pronunciation[edit]



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1
Initial () (29)
Final () (94)
Tone (調) Rising (X)
Openness (開合) Open
Division () I
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/kʰɑX/
Pan
Wuyun
/kʰɑX/
Shao
Rongfen
/kʰɑX/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/kʰaX/
Li
Rong
/kʰɑX/
Wang
Li
/kʰɑX/
Bernard
Karlgren
/kʰɑX/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character
Reading # 1/1
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle
Chinese
‹ khaX ›
Old
Chinese
/*[k]ʰˤa[j]ʔ/
English may; acceptable

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
Reading # 1/1
No. 7446
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
1
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*kʰaːlʔ/

Definitions[edit]

  1. can, may, be able to
  2. Particle used for emphasis.
    • 知道  ―  bù tài zhīdào.  ―  I don't really know.
  3. to approve, to permit
  4. to suit
    • 可心 (kěxīn, “satisfying”)
  5. to be worth doing
  6. Prefix attached to verbs, expressing possibility and turning them into adjectives. Similar to the English suffix -able.
      ―  chī  ―  edible
    /   ―  ài  ―  lovely
    /   ―  lián  ―  pitiful
  7. Short for 可是 (kěshì, “but”).

Compounds[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 5 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(hiragana , romaji ka)

  1. passable

See also[edit]

Suffix[edit]

‎(hiragana , romaji -ka)

  1. permitted, allowed, licensed

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

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

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(khả, khá, tài)

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