# 升: stroke order

#### Alan Evangelista

##### Senior Member
Hi, guys!

I have learned the kanji drawing stroke order in How To Guess A Kanji's Stroke Order . According to it:

- the horizontal strokes are drawn before the vertical one, except in boxes. Example:

- in some cases, there are kanji with a lot of horizontal strokes or a lot of vertical strokes, all in a line. When this is the case, you’ll want to do the stroke that crosses through all of these strokes last.

However, I do not understand the reasoning of the drawing order of . Why is the first vertical stroke drawn first, then the horizontal stroke and then the second vertical stroke ?

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• #### Flaminius

##### coclea mod
I myself tend to write 升 with ノ first and then 一 and my handwriting is legible enough. Still, it is interesting to know the reasoning behind the standard stroke order.

According to 説文解字, the oldest etymological kanji dictionary that has been handed down from the author via generations of manuscripts (伝世文献 as opposed to 出土文献, of which an etymological work has been found in 清華簡 and named 字源 by 李学勤, the editor), 升 is analogous to 斗 (从斗), a dapper or the name of a volume unit. The stroke order of 斗 is 2xヽ, then the horizontal bar, and finally the down stroke. It follows from the explanation of 説文解字 that 十 in 升 need be written consecutively as the last two strokes.

You can also see in the diagram of the page linked above, that 升 some time during the Han Dynasty was written like E flipped on the Y-axis on the left and 十 on the right (characters 11, 12, and 15). This is another piece of evidence that 十 is an inseparable component of the kanji.

Finally, there is an allomorph of 升 that connects the first two strokes into one stroke (see here too). If you cursively write 升 in the order ノ, 1, 一, and |, you will get the allomorph (I don't type it out here because it's in the font set that none of my computers can handle).

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