Today’s word of the day is 份 (fèn) which means a share. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 份 (fèn).
身份 (shēn fèn) Identity
The first word is 身份 (shēn fèn) which is a noun that means identity. Let’s look at each character of this word, 身 means body, and 份 (fèn) means portion. A way of using it in a sentence is: 你有没有带身份证? (Nǐ yǒu méiyǒu dài shēnfèn zhèng?) Did you bring your identity card? In China, the legal age to enter a nightclub is 18 and if you are young-looking, you may have to prove your age. That’s why before you head to the nightclub with your friend, remember to ask him or her this question.
股份 (gǔ fèn) Share (of a company)
Another word we can create with 份 (fèn) is 股份 (gǔ fèn). This is a noun that means share (of a company). Let’s again look at each character of this word, 股means stock and 份means a share. A way of using it in a sentence is 我把自己的股份卖了。(Wǒ bǎ zìjǐ de gǔfèn màile.) I sold my shares.
成份 (chéng fèn) Component
Finally, we can create the word 成份 (chéng fèn) which means ‘component’. You may see on the back of my food products a table with the ingredients and the percentage that they make up the product. This table is called a 营养成分表 (Yíngyǎng chéngfèn biǎo) nutritional facts label.