# 9.9 成新

#### slowlikemolasses

##### Senior Member
What does "9.9 成新" mean?

• #### xiaolijie

##### Senior Member
Where did you see it, slowlikemolasses? Give us some context.

#### stellari

##### Senior Member
It literally means '99% new', which is a common way for Chinese dealers to describe their second-hand goods as almost brand new.

#### slowlikemolasses

##### Senior Member
Thanks. Why is "9.9" used instead of "99?"

#### tarlou

##### Senior Member
Because the measure word is '成' instead of 'percent'. In Chinese, 十成 means 100%, the maximum number is 10.

#### SuperXW

##### Senior Member
Tarlou you've missed the point. It's because 一成 means 10%, 两成 20%, 三成 30%...

#### schur

##### Member
The explanation of SuperXW is perfect. Personally, I will say "九九成新" instead of "九点九成新"。

#### tarlou

##### Senior Member
Tarlou you've missed the point. It's because 一成 means 10%, 两成 20%, 三成 30%...
What's the difference ?.....

The explanation of SuperXW is perfect. Personally, I will say "九九成新" instead of "九点九成新"。
I think "九成九" is better.
If it is 折, then it should be "九九折".

#### SuperXW

##### Senior Member
What's the difference ?.....

The different is, we DON'T simply use '成' instead of 'percent', we use 成 instead of "10 percents"!!

#### tarlou

##### Senior Member
The different is, we DON'T simply use '成' instead of 'percent', we use 成 instead of "10 percents"!!

Well, my post was an answer to #4. ---Why is 9.9 used instead of 99? ---Because it is "9.9成新", the measure word is 成, not percent, so the number is 10 at most. This is what I meant....

#### SuperXW

##### Senior Member
Well, my post was an answer to #4. ---Why is 9.9 used instead of 99? ---Because it is "9.9成新", the measure word is 成, not percent, so the number is 10 at most. This is what I meant....

The point is, you gotta tell a forigner that 一成 = 10%!!!
Sorry I was too bored... We shouldn't 纠结 on this detail.

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