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八成 ba1cheng2 (80 percent!)

Posted by bodawei June 1, 2011 in the Group General Discussion.

Many people will be very familiar with 成 chéng, mainly from its meaning 'to be become [something]', but did you know that it means 10 percent? 

People commonly rate their mobile phones on a scale from 五成 (50 percent) 到十成 (100 percent) based on how old they are. Less than 五成 is 旧 (don't bother measuring it.) My phone is 旧. 

So, 成人,Q: 你的手机多久?。。。A: 八成。 

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