This character looks like 人 alot.

That website says that it's the character of roots descending into earth

I search for root in mgdb and can't find it.

I search for 入 and I found this https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=worddict&wdrst=0&wdqtm=0&wdqcham=1&wdqt=ru%0D%0A

What's the difference between 入and人? They look almost the same to me. When inside other pics how do I know which one is which?

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Wikipedia has a page Easily confused Chinese characters (there's quite a few of these), and it describes 人 vs. 入 as follows:

  • Notes: added hook at top of second character.
  • In some print fonts, characters have symmetric legs, and are easily confused; in handwriting, they are further distinguished by having asymetric legs: 入 has a shorted left leg and looks like λ (lambda), while 人 has a shorter right leg and looks like a backwards λ.

It's fonts that make these two characters difficult to distinguish. Here are animations from the and Wiktionary pages for how to handwrite them:

Their meanings are totally different, so it's also possible to infer the correct character from the surrounding material. E.g. 中国人 ("Chinese person") vs. 收入 ("income").


You can put them side by side on MDBG:

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Where is the difference? Have a look:

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You can see on the two circled parts that the right side of actually slants a little to the left, where as is generally left is left and right is right.

  • how do you put them side by side?
    – user4951
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 14:59
  • @user4951 You can click the link I left above in the answer to MDBG and have a look. All I did was put the two characters “入人” into the search bar for query.
    – Mou某
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 17:37

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