Expressing possession with "zhi"
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之 is one of the characters from classical Chinese that has come into common usage. It a formal written way to express possession.
之 functions similarly to 的 in that it indicates possession. Remember that 之 is used this way formally, and most of the time it is used for titles of works, poems, formal documents etc.
Noun + 之 + Noun
- 害 人 之 心 不 可 有，防 人 之 心 不 可 无。
- 这些 解决 问题 的 方式 仍然 有 不足 之 处。
- 粗心 之 害 大于 无知。
之 cannot simply take the place of any 的. Pay attention to the kinds of words it can be paired with.