The Radical: 丁


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nail, block of houses    丁

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 1
town, block
machi, CHŌ
Left: rice paddy , right: block of houses
At the rice paddy is a block of houses: This is the beginning of the: town.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
strike, hit, beat
utsu, DA
Left: hand , right: block of houses (here: a nail )
By hand you drive the nail with strikes.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
quantifier, block of houses, even number
CHŌ, TEI

Originally the image of a T-shaped nail, then (possibly because of its geometrical shape): block of buildings.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
beforehand, prior, previous
kanete, YO
Top: bent person , bottom: var. of block
(work preparation) To make a bent nail into a straight nail is done: beforehand.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
savings, store
takuwaeru, CHO
Left: money (Image of a cone-shell with two feelers/antennas ), right: roof , city block
The money for a roof (or a house?) in this city block has to be saved.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
stop, halt, stay
TEI
Left: person /, right: pavilion, inn (In the high city block is an inn)
The person needs an inn for a stop.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
light, lamp
hi,
Left: fire , right: city block
The fire at the city block serves as light.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
government office
CHŌ
广
Top: building 广, below: city block
In the building of that city block is the government office.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
summit, peak, top, receive
itadaki, itadaku, CHŌ
Left: city block (here: nail), right: head, forehead
Like a nail also the forehead can peak up like a summit.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
pavilion, inn, bower
TEI
Top: var. of high/tall (two-storied building), below: city block
In the high city block, there is a pavilion with an inn.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
revise, correct, decide, amend, rectify
TEI
Left: word (sound waves out of mouth ), right: city block
With words it was demanded that the nail should be revised and amended.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rather, better, preferably, instead, peaceful
mushiro, NEI
From top: roof , heart , eye , city block (Here as a nail like at 'to strike' )
A roof for my heart and eye instead of this nail is what I rather need to be peaceful.

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