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I'm learning on how to write basic Chinese characters and have some basic familiarity with some of the variants across Simplified and Traditional form. For some characters, such as 茶 (tea), I see a couple of variations with the bottom radical.

Can someone explain the differences or the rules between them? Specifically, why is the "wood" radical written differently: one with/without a hook (shu/shugou) and the last two strokes are connected/separate.

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  • It might be a simplified 荼, which is not the same word as 茶
    – Tang Ho
    Commented May 1, 2022 at 9:17

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Chinese calligraphy has 5 major styles (字體) - 篆書(大篆、小篆)、隸書、楷書、行書、草書(章、今草)等五種. In another word, a Chinese word has more than one way to write/express on paper.

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Other styles:

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