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Pronunciation : zǎo
Meaning :
  1. morning. (n)
  2. long ago; as early as; for a long time. (adv)
  3. early; in advance. (adj)
Radical :
Strokes : 6
Traditional :
Usage : 25.9%
1. Good morning.
zǎo shàng hǎo
早上 : morning
: fine, good
2. I knew about this a long time ago.
zhè jiàn shì zǎo jiù zhī dào le
: this
: measure word (used for matters in general)
: matter
: I
: early
: already
知道 : know
: (used after an action that has taken place)
3. Come early.
zǎo diǎn lái
: you
: early
: a bit
: come

14 thoughts on “早”

        1. Hi Julio,
          There is no fixed rule to create Chinese phrases or words.
          What I think is you have to read more in order to use the appropriate Chinese words or phrases.

    1. Hi Julio,
      Yes. For some of the Chinese words/phrases, you should not look at the meanings of each character, e.g. 早上 (morning), 晚上 (night).
      早 – morning
      上 – on, above

      However, for some of the Chinese words, you can guess the meaning by looking at each character, e.g. 直升机 (helicopter).
      直 – straight
      升 – go up
      机 – machine

  1. Hi Min Min,
    Please help me understand this sentence, 您的餐齐了. 您的餐 means your food. I would like to learn the usage of 齐.
    Here is another chinese sentence, 客人 都 来齐了。Is there any change in meaning if I rewrite the previous sentence as 客人 都 来了 without 齐. Thanks, MinMin.
    We all should take this great opportunity, you have given for us by creating this wonderful web site to learn Chinese.

    1. Hi Larry,
      齐 in your sentences is an adverb which means “all ready; all present”.

      您的餐齐了 – Your food is (all) ready.
      客人都来齐了 – All the guests have arrived.
      人都到齐了 – Everyone is present.

      “齐” will make a slightly different in meaning of a sentence.
      You can say 客人都来了 or 所有的客人都来了 to mean “All the guests have arrived.”
      By adding “齐”:
      客人都来齐了 or 所有的客人都来齐了 to mean “All the guests have arrived. (completely)”

      齐 is used as an adverb to make the sentence has the sense/feel of “complete”.

  2. Hi Min Min,
    Thanks for your explanation. 齐is very interesting word for me. Apparently, 齐changs the meaning of sentence a bit.人都到了 means everyone has arrived. But, 人都到齐了means everyone is present(not only everyone arrive, also everyone is here, I guess).
    For 客人都来齐了, all guests not only have come also arrived.(to help memorize 齐 for myself).
    Thanks, Min Min.
    谢谢 你的帮助

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