Today’s word of the day is 撑 (chēng) which means ‘to support'. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 撑 (chēng).
撑杆 (chēng gān) Pole vault
The first word is 撑杆 (chēng gān) which means ‘pole vault’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 撑 means support, and 杆 means stick. A way of using it in a sentence is 他以优异的成绩完成了撑杆跳高比赛。 (Tā yǐ yōuyì de chéngjì wánchéngle chēnggān tiàogāo bǐsài.) He achieved excellent results in the pole vault competition.
撑伞 (chēng sǎn) To hold an umbrella
Another word we can create with 撑 (chēng) is 撑伞 (chēng sǎn) to hold an umbrella. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 撑means support, and 伞 means umbrella. A way of using it in a sentence is 雨下得很大，他撑着伞匆匆走过街道。 (Yǔ xià de hěn dà, tā chēngzhe sǎn cōngcōng zǒuguò jiēdào.) It was raining heavily, and he hurriedly walked across the street holding an umbrella.
撑船 (chēng chuán) To row a boat
Finally, we can create the word 撑船 (chēng chuán) which means to row a boat. The 船 here means boat. A way of using it in a sentence is 我们在湖上撑船欣赏美景。 (Wǒmen zài hú shàng chēng chuán xīnshǎng měijǐng.) We rowed a boat on the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery.