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Character etymology for Elementary - Keys, Wallet, Phone 去

Posted by mandarinboy September 13, 2008 in the Group General Discussion .

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Another simple character but also very frequent one is 去,qù, to go away. This is today’s lesson.




Traditional form:   

Pinyin: qù


Meaning:  go away, leave, depart


Frequency: 52

Strokes: 5



土 tǔ, earth + 厶 sī, private,secret


Radical part: 厶 sī,

Radical meaning: private, secret

Stroke animation: (the strokes are drawn the direction the picture is tipping)








It is believed to be a man over the exit of a dwelling cave. Hence the meaning to go away, leave the cave or home.  

Link to nciku usage of the character :


Example words:


过去 guò qu (in the) past / former / previous / to go over / to pass by 

下去 xià qu to go down / to descend / to go on / to continue 

上去 shàng qù to go up 

离去 lí qù to leave / to exit 

死去 sǐ qù to die 

进去 jìn qù to go in 

从去年 cóng qù nián since last year 

抹去 mǒ qù to erase 

辞去 cí qù to resign / to quit 

带去 dài qu bring away 

免去职务 miǎn qù zhí wù to relieve from office / to sack 

去国外 qù guó wài to go abroad 

失去意识 shī qù yì shí unconscious 

过去经验 guò qu jīng yàn past experience

去垢剂 qù gòu jì detergent 



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