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The Chinese word zhi - 只 - zhĭ
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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced zhī. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well:
If 只 is pronounced "zhī", it means classifier.

English translations

only, single,
merely, alone, just

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 只 ( zhĭ ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( zhi / zhĭ ) with pronunciation (English translation: only )
The traditional Chinese characters of zhĭ are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 只 ( zhi / zhĭ ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Zhi shengxia wu fenzhong le.
Zhĭ shèngxià wŭ fēnzhōng le.

 – English translation: There are only five minutes left.

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Character complexity
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is composed of 5 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

just  |  merely care for
只 ( zhi / zhĭ ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 69)
Chinese example words containing the character 只 ( zhi / zhĭ )
只好 ( zhĭhăo = to have to ), 只见 ( zhĭjiàn = only ), 只是 ( zhĭshì = yet ), 只要 ( zhĭyào = so long as ), 只有 ( zhĭyŏu = only )
Other characters that are pronounced zhĭ in Chinese
More words that mean only in Chinese
bùguò ( 不过 ), cái ( 才 ), dànshì ( 但是 ), jĭn ( 仅 ), wéi ( 唯 ), zhĭjiàn ( 只见 ), zhĭyŏu ( 只有 )
More words that mean single in Chinese
dān ( 单 ), ( 个 ), ( 一 ), zhī ( 只 )

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