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Chinese Character Bites #46 – 可

Chinese Character Bites 46 - 可

Our character for today is 可

Simplified Chinese character: 可
Traditional Chinese character: 可
(The simplified character and the traditional character are the same)


This character is pronounced kě in the 3rd tone.

What it means:

可 means ‘can’, ‘may’ or ‘it is possible’.

It’s often used in 可以 ‘can’, and you’ll also see it in 可是 (but)

Let’s break it down:

This character contains 口, which means ‘mouth’.

You write the horizontal stroke on the top first, then the 口, then the vertical stroke with the hook.