1 Most Used Character

This Is The Top 1 Most Frequently Used Chinese Character Making Up 4% of All the Spoken and Written Chinese Language!

In all languages a relatively few words are spoken (and written) much more frequently than others.

What about Chinese language? The following character is the #1 most frequently used one, making up 4% of all spoken and written Chinese language:

In other words, whatever you read or say in Chinese, every 100 characters you find this one 4 times!

A Very Simple Example

Translation: The teacher of Mary (Mary's teacher).

mǎlėdelǎoshī 
玛丽老师
Mary'steacher 

Tip: In Chinese there are no white spaces between characters. The sentence above should be written this way:

玛丽的老师。

Character's use score #1
Frequency 4.0943253%

CharacterAnimationStrokes
8

PronunciationMeaning

de5

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Used after an attributive adjunct (i.e. an adjective, or a word, phrase, or clause, performing the function of an adjective):

1. when the attributive adjunct is used to qualify or modify the headword;

2. when between the attributive adjunct and the headword there is a relationship of belonging;

3. when the attributive adjunct is a person and the headword is a noun for a job or a function, to indicate that the person holds that role;

4. when the attributive adjunct is a person and the headword is preceded by a verb, to indicate that the person is the receiver of the action

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Used without headword:

1. takes the place of who or what has been mentioned in the preceding part of the text;

2. stands for a generic person or thing;

3. indicates a certain situation;

4. when there's a series of de5 preceded and followed each by the same verb, adjective, etc., it has the meaning of 'this and that', 'either... and...'

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After the verbal predicate, gives emphasis to the action's doer, place, time, etc.
ATTENTION: this construction is only used for past actions

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At the end of a statement, indicates certainty

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After two or more words of the same kind, its meaning is similar to 'so on' or 'etc.'

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Between two numeral-classifier compounds, it means multiply or add

di2

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True, exact, real

di4

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Target, bull's-eye

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