Meaning and pronunciation of 本

Simplified/traditional character
běn (ben3)

Definition:

roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; classifier for books, periodicals, files etc; originally;

HSK levels:

1, 3, 4, 5, 6

Components:

  • 木 (mù): tree
  • 一 (yī): one

Sentences examples with 本:

  • 我读了八本书。
    Wǒ dúle bā běn shū.
  • 桌子上有一本书。
    Zhuōzi shàng yǒuyī běn shū.
  • 请大家把作业本儿拿出来。
    Qǐng dàjiā bǎ zuòyè běn er ná chūlái.
  • 你看,那本书在桌子上呢。
    Nǐ kàn, nà běn shū zài zhuōzi shàng ne.
  • 这本书三十看见钱。
    Zhè běn shū sānshí kànjiàn qián.

Words containing 本, by HSK level:

HSK1 vocabulary list

  • (běn) : origin; source; roots or stems of plants; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; classifier for books, periodicals, files etc; originally

HSK3 vocabulary list

  • (bǐjìběn) : notebook; CL:本[ben3]

HSK4 vocabulary list

  • (běnlái) : original; originally; at first; it goes without saying; of course

HSK5 vocabulary list

  • (běnkē) : undergraduate course; undergraduate (adjective)
  • (běnlǐng) : skill; ability; capability; CL:项[xiang4] ,个
  • (běnzhì) : essence; nature; innate character; intrinsic quality
  • (gēnběn) : fundamental; basic; root; simply; absolutely (not); (not) at all; CL:个
  • (jīběn) : basic; fundamental; main; elementary

HSK6 vocabulary list

  • (bǎnběn) : version; edition; release
  • (běnnéng) : instinct
  • (běnqián) : capital (finance); assets; means
  • (běnrén) : oneself; I (humble form used in speeches); myself; in person; personal
  • (běnshēn) : in itself; per se; itself
  • (běnshi) : ability; skill; source material; original story
  • (biāoběn) : specimen; sample; the root cause and symptoms of a disease
  • (chéngběn) : (manufacturing, production etc) costs
  • (jùběn) : script for play, opera, movie etc; screenplay
  • (zīběn) : capital (as in capitalism)

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