Memory phrase (Mnemonic) for: 前



front, ahead, before, first, former




Top: a part 䒑 of the head/horns of a sheep , bottom: meat /, knife, cut


The horns and the flesh are cut (beginning) at the front position.


moon, month(When it is at the left in the character then often with the meaning "body part". If at the right, then as "moon, month, period".)
cut(It is typically at the right side of the character.)
Tip: Go to the radicals that are contained in this character and learn all the characters with this radical systematically!


以前 yǐ qián before; formerly; previous; ago
空前 kōng qián unprecedented
跟前 gēn qian living with sb; nearby
前秦 Qián Qín Former Qin of the Sixteen Kingdoms (351-395)
前臂 qián bì forearm
锦绣前程 jǐn xiù qián chéng a bright future; a rosy future; brilliant prospects
前夕 qián xī eve; the day before
停滞不前 tíng zhì bù qián stuck and not moving forward (idiom); stagnant; in a rut; at a standstill
前肢 qián zhī forelimb; foreleg
前哨 qián shào outpost
裹足不前 guǒ zú bù qián to stand still without advancing (idiom); to hesitate and hold back

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