In the following sentence:


What does the 为 mean? How does it function in the sentence grammatically?

  • "汉语水平考试词典":为 wéi[义4]是<书>(be;mean (written)):言~心声|本科学习期限~四年|北京被定~中国的首都|印刷术、火药、指南针、纸统称~四大发明|<红楼梦>的作者~曹雪芹。
    – user6065
    Jul 21, 2017 at 14:29
  • @user6065 I thought 增速 is a verb, not a noun. But then is there any difference from 是? Maybe I shall file a new question...
    – Blaszard
    Jul 21, 2017 at 17:08
  • here "growth rate", cf.bkrs: 增速 to speed up to accelerate growth rate (economics)
    – user6065
    Jul 21, 2017 at 20:20

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means is, we can also say GDP增速是6.9%. In a formal academic essay(e.g. mathematics, science), people usually choose , which is more serious and rigorous. This sentence is from a report of government, so it should be serious.


Means 是




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