I am fascinated by 無情對,

It is two of my attempts:

四川特產北菇 (Sichuan specialty mushroom)

三洋通用東芝 (Sanyo, GM, Toshiba)


今朝書店晚開 (Bookstore open late today)

現代本田日產 (Hyundai, Honda, Nissan)

(All in Cantonese)

I think my matching of characters is acceptable, but not sure if they fit the 平仄 rule.

My question is as follows : What is the 平仄 rule in 無情對? Does my samples correctly followed this rule?


Since you just ask for tone pattern rule, the tone pattern of couplet also matches with the poetry. So I use tone pattern of middle Chinese for reference:

This is an ideal situation:



But sometimes it's hard to match a pair of word in level (平) tones and oblique (仄) tones, so when it comes to normal couplet case, we just require the tone of last characters must match the tones.

上联:雄黄酒 平平

下联:牡丹烟 仄平

  • So... 菇 /gu1/ and 芝/zi1/ are both flat tone (平) , therefore, my couplet is not proper then.
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 23 '17 at 20:26
  • It is another one I wrote: 今朝書店晚開 - 現代本田日產. So, you are saying as long as the last character of the first line 開/ho1/ (平) match the last character of the second line 產/caan2/(仄) , the couplet is acceptable?
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 23 '17 at 20:45
  • @TangHo I won't be the judge of your work. I just tell the rules.
    – Kevman
    Apr 25 '17 at 0:33

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