百十

yuechu

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Canada, English
大家好!

I was recently reading the following sentence online: 雅典的城区位于爱琴海边一片狭窄的平地上,市区中心,一个百十米高的花岗岩山崮平地里凸起,山崮边缘峭崖壁立,仅西面有一道石质台阶容人盘旋而上。 (Source: 五湖以北_文学城博客)
百十 means a hundred or so, right? How then would you say "one hundred ten" in Chinese?
Thanks!
 
  • SimonTsai

    Senior Member
    Taiwanese Mandarin
    '百十' is a very ambiguous expression. I think there it means 'one hundred and ten (110)', or so, e.g., one hundred and nine (109), or even one hundred and twenty-five (125). Note that it is literary. (For 'one hundred and ten', today we usually say '一百一十' or '一一零', the latter one being less common.)
     
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    SimonTsai

    Senior Member
    Taiwanese Mandarin
    Sorry for editing my post after you replied. The expression is so ambiguous that I can't be sure, but you are surely right that it is one hundred or so. Sometimes we don't really need cold, hard numbers.
     

    Skatinginbc

    Senior Member
    Mandarin 國語
    Elevation above sea level:
    City of Athens: 42 m
    The granite hill on which the Acropolis of Athens is located: 150 m
    150 m - 42 m= 108 m ("百十米", 一百一十米左右, 一百多米, 一百米有餘)

    "百十" 有很多解釋, 包括 "一百一十" (110), 如:
    唐《大唐宗聖觀主銀青光祿大夫天水尹尊師碑》由是奉敕修玄元皇帝聖紀一部,凡十卷,總百十 (= 110) 篇。
    《清史稿》以上各土兵,自二十四至二百九十二...以上土兵自十四至二百六十五...土兵自三十二人至百十 (= 110) 人...以上土兵自六十五至三百十
     
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