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Pronunciation :
Meaning :
  1. reason; logic; truth. (n)
  2. manage; run. (v)
  3. put in order; tidy up. (v)
  4. (usually used in the negative) pay attention to; acknowledge. (v)
  5. natural science (esp. physics). (n)
Radical :
Strokes : 11
Traditional :
Usage : 60.4%
Common Words / Phrases:
1.
道理
dào lǐ
: principle; truth; hows and whys; reason
2.
合理
hé lǐ
: rational; reasonable
3.
管理
guǎn lǐ
: take care of; admin; manage; run
4.
整理
zhěng lǐ
: arrange; adjust; put in order
5.
理解
lǐ jiě
: absorb; understand; comprehend
6.
理想
lǐ xiǎng
: an ideal; be ideal
7.
理财
lǐ cái
: manage money matters; conduct financial transactions
8.
理智
lǐ zhì
: reason; intellect; rational
9.
总理
zǒng lǐ
: premier; prime minister; the PM
Sentences:
1. What you said is quite reasonable (or right).
de huà hěn yǒu dào
你的 : your
: word, talk
: very
: have
道理 : reason; logic; truth
2. She administers the funds.
guǎn zhè xiē jīn
: she
管理 : manage
这些 : these, the
资金 : funds
3. I’m going to the barber’s shop to get my hair cut.
yào diàn
: I
: want
: got
理发店 : barber’s shop
理发 : get a haircut
: hair, same as 头发
4. Don’t pay any attention to that dog.
bié tiáo gǒu
: (used in giving commands or advice) don’t
: (usually used in the negative) pay attention to
: that
: measure word
: dog
5. He is a Master of Science.
shì shuò shì
: he
: is
理科 : science (as a field of study)
硕士 : Master
6. He has high ideals.
de xiǎng hěn gāo
他的 : his
理想 : ideal
: very
: high
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4 thoughts on “理”

  1. Hey Min Min,

    I’m just wondering for 道理, is this one word? because in the dictionary it says that this should be one word 有道理
    yǒu​dào​li?

    Someone told me that the difference between dao li and he li is similar. I can say

    ni shuo de hen he li = ni shuo de hen you dao li

    Is that correct? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mervin,
      Yes. 道理 is one word or phrase. It is a noun. While 合理 means rational which is an adjective.

      你的话很有道理。= 你的话很合理。 Both are correct.
      But we don’t say : 你的话很道理。 – which is incorrect.

      有道理 means have reason or logic. (which similar to rational).

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