Today’s word of the day is 讨 (tǎo) which means to ask for. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 讨 (tǎo).
讨厌 (tǎo yàn) Annoying
The first word is 讨厌 (tǎo yàn) which means annoying. Let’s look at each character of this word, 讨 means to ask for and 厌means to loathe. A way of using it in a sentence is 我没有看过像他那么讨厌的人。 (Wǒ méiyǒu kànguò xiàng tā nàme tǎoyàn de rén.) I have never seen anyone as annoying as him.
讨论 (tǎo lùn) Discussion
Another word we can create with 讨 (tǎo) is 讨论 (tǎo lùn). This means discussion. A way of using it in a sentence is 我想和你讨论一些事情。(Wǒ xiǎng hé nǐ tǎolùn yīxiē shìqíng.) I want to discuss something with you.
讨好 (tǎo hǎo) To fawn / Please someone
Finally, we can create the word 讨好 (tǎo hǎo) which means to fawn or to try and please someone. Again 讨 means to ask for and 好 here means good. A way of using it in a sentence is 他很会讨好老板。(Tā hěn huì tǎohǎo lǎobǎn.) He knows how to please the boss. Use this to describe someone who is always sucking up and trying to flatter the boss.