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I have two books displaying different meannings for characters that look the same to me: What is the difference (if any) among the character for "bèi" (shell, money) and "jiàn" (to see)?

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If you look more carefully, you can see that the last stroke is different.

  • 贝 bèi ends with a 捺 nà stroke.

  • 见 jiàn ends with a 竖湾钩 shùwāngōu, a 'hook'.

Check this list.

  • regarding 贝 could it be that 捺 as in 人 has become 点 ? – user6065 Jul 12 '15 at 21:44
  • @S.Rhee Although in the simplified character 贝 the lower 2 strokes are 人, I don't see why the last stroke would be 点. I would be interested to see anything online that proves that I am wrong and the last stroke is actually a dot. – Drunken Master Jul 12 '15 at 21:51
  • "教学汉字规范手册",汉字的笔画及笔画名称,汉字笔画名称表,第4行:笔画:丶 ,名称:点,例字:小 ,it seems 长点 is still a form of 点,iciba:长点: Long Dot Stroke – user6065 Jul 12 '15 at 22:17
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    Actually 见 is a 人 with a big 目 on top, that is 見 in traditional rendering, which is clear from earlier inscriptions. 人 has been replaced with 儿 in both modern scripts. 贝 on the other hand is a simplification of 貝, which is a stylized image of a shell. 人 is present in the simplified version, but not in the traditional. It is a bit unfortunate, but in reality nobody has any problems differentiate these characters. 已己巳 are tougher in that regard… – user4452 Jul 12 '15 at 22:35

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