Talk:数

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Mandarin readings[edit]

Can it be added in which contexts the various Mandarin readings are used? 71.66.97.228 22:23, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Can it be added in which contexts the various Mandarin readings are used? 71.66.97.228 02:41, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

shŭ is "to count" (OC *sroʔ), whence also > "to consider (as significant)", "to blame" (i.e. to single out); shù (OC *sros) is the noun form of shŭ, with the nominalisation suffix -s, thus meaning "number, digit", producing senses incl. "several", "way, method", "fate, destiny", etc.. shuò (OC *sroːg) is mostly in fossilised expressions, meaning "several", from the same root. (OC *sʰoːg probably) is unrelated, meaning "dense, thick", thus probably cognate with ("to be close, to become close"), ("cluster, bunch"). 60.240.101.246 09:33, 16 October 2011 (UTC)