gēn běn
n./adj./adv. root or origin; fundamental, basic; completely, totally, thoroughly
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Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
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zhè jiàn shì qing wǒ gēn běn jiù bù zhī dào
phr. I don't know about this matter at all.
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wèn tí de gēn běn zài yú méi yǒu rén xiǎng qù nà lǐ .
phr. The root of the problem is that no one wants to go there.
cóng gēn běn shang jiě jué wèn tí
phr. resolve the problem from the origin