What does 经起 actually mean? Can you please give some sample sentences?

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    Can you share the context when you've heard of this term? The phrase doesn't ring any bell to me immediately so I suspect the character might not be the correct one
    – wk14
    Aug 18, 2021 at 15:25

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We don't see 经起 because it only works with one of the two potential particles -- 得 (able to) and 不 (unable to)

起考验 = able to withstand test

起考验 = unable to withstand test

起风雨 = able to withstand hardship/ crisis

起风雨 = unable to withstand hardship/ crisis

from the examples above, we can deduct 经起 means withstand or stand against

However, we don't use 经起 alone without a potential particle


经(不)起考验时就惊惶失措 - Panic when (unable to) stand against a test

  • 经(v): through; experience

  • 起 (verb particle): up; begin to; upon

  • 经(不/得) 起 --> (can/cannot) go through --> (can/cannot) withstand/ stand against

  • This kind of omission can not be accepted in Mandarin. I think this word is just an error.
    – whx
    Aug 20, 2021 at 7:18
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    Agree and edited post
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 20, 2021 at 9:07

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