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Mini-Test Answer: 打折 (dǎzhé) Discount

Dec. 19, 2011

Beginner Level 初级 (chu)

The answer to the test is B.

Translation:

         Zhōumò qù guàngjiē ba, Shèngdàjié hěnduō dōngxi dōu dǎzhé ne!
Mary: 周末       去     逛街    吧,  圣诞节       很多     东西     都    打折  呢。
          Let’s go shopping this weekend. Many things will be on discount for Christmas.       

         Hǎo a.
Lana: 好啊。
         Ok.

Analysis:

“打折 (dǎzhé)” is a verb phrase which means “discount/be on sale.” “折扣 (zhékòu)” is a noun phrase which also means “discount.” During festivals, there are many special sales, so people always choose to do some shopping at these times. In the quiz, Mary asked Lana to go shopping because Christmas was coming and many things would be on sale.
 
Examples:

           Nǐ mǎi zhèjiàn yīfu duōshǎo qián?
Susan: 你 买    这件  衣服   多少     钱?
            How much did the clothes cost you?

          Liǎngbǎi
 Lucy: 两 百。
          Two hundred RMB.

           Zhème piányi!
Susan: 这么      便宜!
            That’s cheap.

          Dāngshí zhèng dǎzhé.
 Lucy: 当时        正      打折。
           It was on sale.

Kǎolǜ dào chángqī de hézuò guānxi, tāmen tóngyì gěi wǒmen gōngsī zhékòu.
考虑   到      长期    的   合作   关系,他们     同意   给    我们     公司    折扣。
In light of our long history of doing business together, they have agreed to offer our company a discount.

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