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Meaning of 在

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Pinyin: zài
English Definition: (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (earth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • [ cái ] ability, talent, gift; just, only
    • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
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Example Words:
现在 [ xiàn zài ]: now; at present; at the moment; modern; current; nowadays
正在 [ zhèng zài ]: just at (that time); right in (that place); right in the middle of (doing sth)
实在 [ shí zài ]: really; actually; indeed; true; real; honest; dependable; (philosophy) reality
存在 [ cún zài ]: to exist; to be; existence
在于 [ zài ]: to be in; to lie in; to consist in; to depend on; to rest with
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