Today’s word of the day is 写 (xiě) which means ‘to write’. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 写 (xiě).
缩写 (suō xiě) Abbreviation
The first word is 缩写 (suō xiě) which means ‘abbreviation’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 缩 means ‘to shrink’ and 写 means ‘to write’. A way of using it in a sentence is 美国的英文缩写是USA. (Měiguó de yīngwén suōxiě shì USA.) The abbreviation for the United States of America is USA.
写下 (xiě xià) To write down
Another word we can create with 写 (xiě) is 写下 (xiě xià). This means ‘to write down’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 写 means ‘to write’ and 下 means ‘down’. A sentence you may have heard of is 写下你的名字。 (Xiě xià nǐ de míngzì.) Write down your name.
写作 (xiě zuò) Writing
Finally, we can create the word 写作 (xiě zuò) which means ‘writing’. A way of using it in a sentence is 写作是他的生命。(Xiězuò shì tā de shēngmìng.) Writing is his life.