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The usage of “花 (huā)”

Dec. 26, 2012

The right answer is A.

Translation:

             Lǎobǎn, zhè shù huār duōshao qián?
Li Hua:老板,   这   束    花儿      多少    钱?

             How much does this bunch of flowers cost?

             Wǔshí kuài qián.
 Seller:五十      块   钱。

             Fifty Yuan.

             Tài guì le!
Li Hua:太  贵  了!

             That’s too expensive!

             Nǐ xiǎng huā duōshao qián?
 Seller:你    想    花      多少    钱?

             How much do you want to spend?

             Sānshí kuài qián.
Li Hua:三十     块     钱。

             Thirty Yuan.

Explanation:

In the dialogue, the word 花 (huā) appears twice and both with different meanings. In the first sentence, “这束花儿多少钱?(Zhè shù huār duōshao qián?),” the word 花 (huā) is a noun meaning “flowers,” while in the second sentence, “你愿意多少钱 (nǐ yuànyì huā duōshao qián),” it’s used as a verb meaning “to spend money on something.” As a verb, it can also be used to mean, “to spend time or energy doing something.”

For example:

As a noun:

Zhè shù huār hěn piàoliang!
这     束  花儿   很      漂亮!
This bunch of flowers is beautiful!

As a verb:

    Bié huā tàiduō qián!
1. 别   花    太多   钱!

    Don’t spend too much money!

    Wǒ měitiān huā liǎngge xiǎoshí xuéxí hànyǔ.
2. 我    每天     花     两个     小时    学习   汉语。

    I spend two hours every day studying Chinese.

The word 费(fèi) in B means “cost,” or “take.” It can be used as a noun or as a verb.

When it is used as noun, it means fee or charge.

For example:

eChineseLearning de xuéfèi hěn dī.
eChineseLearning  的  学   很 低。

eChineseLearning’s fee is cheap.

When 费 (fèi) is used as a verb, it means “to cost,” or “to spend,” but usually is attached to a sense of wasting money, time or energy on something.

For example:

Duì bu qǐ, ràng nín fèixīn le.
对  不  起,让   您  费心  了。
I’m sorry for troubling you.

话 (huà), meaning “dialogue,” or “saying” and has nothing to do with “花 (huā)” or “费 (fèi).” Make sure to not get confused as it does have a similar pronunciation with “花 (huā).”

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