The usage of “花 (huā)”

The right answer is




             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.


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, “你愿意花多少钱 (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


儿   很      漂亮!
This bunch of flowers is beautiful!

As a verb:

    Bié huā tàiduō qián!
1. 别  


  太多   钱!
Don’t spend too much money!
Wǒ měitiān huā liǎngge xiǎoshí xuéxí hànyǔ.
2. 我    每天    


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


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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