One of 本‘s uses is as a classifier for books and other written works. This is how it is used in today’s phrase. Check it out:

本 (Origin, Book) + 子 (Child) = (Book, Notebook, Edition)

本子’s most common definition is “notebook”, so that’s how you should expect to see this phrase used in real life. It’s not much of a stretch to think of a notebook as a small/child book when compared to a larger book type like a novel. This makes the phrase pretty easy to remember, i’d say!

本 (Origin, Book)
本 as noun: foundation, root, origin, source
本 as verb: preside over, hold, examine, study
本 as adj: native, original
本 as pronoun: one’s own, itself
本 as adv: originally, at first

子 as noun: baby, infant, child, son, descendant, person, man, master, the first of the twelve Earthly Branches, Viscount, 11 PM – 1:00 AM
子 as adjective: small, tender, young
子 as verb: love
子 as pronoun: you ( men only)
子 as noun suffix: ex: 呆子 (idiot), 本子(notebook), 桌子(table), 廚子 (chef), it does not change the meaning of the noun

本子 as noun: book, notebook, edition

Pinyin: 本子 (ben3zi, běnzi)


Style: Traditional and Simplified
Rarity: Common

Source: Chineasy
This character is the building block 刀 (knife).

Pinyin: dao1
(Simplified, Traditional and Kanji)
Pronunciation/Stroke Order:
Source: Chineasy

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