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used to be
Chapter-34 HSK-A
12 strokes

Explanation of characters by Herbert A. Giles

Tsêng is composed of 八 pa to divide above, and 曰 yüeh to speak below, a middle portion which is said to be the phonetic. It is defined as a stretcher-out of language, from which we can understand its sense of past, finished, especially as applied to time, thus imparting a tense-value to verbs. With this meaning it is now read ts'êng2, while read tsêng1 as above it means to add to, and here qualifies another tsu, understood. It is also a common surname , and is now classed under radical 曰 yüeh.

Chinese-English (CC-CEDICT)

once/already/ever (in the past)/former/previously/(past tense marker used before verb or clause)

great-grand (father, child etc)/surname Zeng

Chinesisch-Deutsch (HanDeDict)

Chinois-Français (CFDICT)

Cantonese slang

Cantonese (transcription)