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空 kōng empty; air, sky in Mandarin Chinese

Definition[edit | edit source]

Radical is 穴 xué “cave” or “hole.” Phonetic is 工 gōng . The whole character can serve as a phonetic in other characters, e.g., in the character 控 as used in the word 控告 kònggào “accuse.” Distinguish 空 from 工 and 穿 chuān.

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • 空气 (空氣) kōngqì air, atmosphere [N]
  • 空 kòng(r) free time [N]
  • 有空 yŏukòng(r) have free time, be free [VO]

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Sources[edit | edit source]

Book: Intermediate Written Chinese by Cornelius C. Kubler

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