Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

这 (這) zhè zhèi

  1. zhè pronoun this / these
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词 , Concept: Demonstrative Pronoun 指示代词
    Notes: 这 is often followed by a measure word, such as 个, emphasizing 'this' particular thing. For example, 对这个消息 'regarding this information ...' (Lao She, 2003, p. 235) 这 is always placed before the noun that it refers to. Its part of speech is also classified as a determiner. The use of this character as a demonstrative pronoun began in vernacular texts from the Tang (Norman 1988, p. 119). 这 is the 13th most frequently used word in the Beijing Language Institute's 1985 frequency wordlist (Ho, 2002, '这'; NCCED '这' 1).
  2. zhèi pronoun this / these
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词 , Concept: Demonstrative Pronoun 指示代词
    Notes: Colloqial use (NCCED '这' zhèi; Sun 2006, loc. 1818)
  3. zhè pronoun now
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: For example, 在这之后 'after this ...' (VOA, 2007-7-5) 这 refers to a time in this sense (NCCED '这' 4).

Contained in

这里这么这些这样这个这边这儿这会儿这样一来这么着这种

Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第三十一回 Chapter 31 75
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第九回 Chapter 9 72
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第二十四回 Chapter 24 71
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十三回 Chapter 13 67
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第三十二回 Chapter 32 63
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第三回 Chapter 3 62
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第三十八回 Chapter 38 61
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十九回 Chapter 19 60
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第二十八回 Chapter 28 56
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十五回 Chapter 15 54