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What is the semantic extension of 成?

This is a very historical character originating from as early as 1600 BC. The initial meaning of 成 has always been in arguments, it's just too old. So, I'm afraid that neither of the two semantics is &...
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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

What you're looking for is called 雙姓, which is different from 複姓。 雙姓is formed by combining two family names. Examples are 王曹、范姜、張簡, etc. These are typically formed from marriage between 王 and 曹、范 and ...
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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

Below is a list of frequently encountered Chinese Compound Surnames (复姓). The name with boldface represents those with both of the letters in the name are Chinese surnames. 欧阳, 令狐, 皇甫, 上官, 司徒, 诸葛, 司马, ...
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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

What is an example of a name formed by combining two single-character family names? In Chinese culture "name" is not equal to "surname". If I interpret your question as “surname ...
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What is the history of 要?Did it first mean "to want" and then get extended to mean "to be gong to"? Or was it the other way around?

My question is: did 要 originally mean "to want to" and then get extended to mean "going to"? This would be similar to the history of "will" in English. Yes. In the The ...
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What is the history of 要?Did it first mean "to want" and then get extended to mean "to be gong to"? Or was it the other way around?

我要看电视。 I wanna watch TV. 明天我要上学。 I gotta go to school tomorrow. 要:“腰”的古字 覀 :two-hands 𦥑 jú and (rem+ 交 jiāo waist) Basic meaning of 要:necessary, essential; necessity 索取 ask, demand:要账、要价 希望 wish for,...
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What is the history of 要?Did it first mean "to want" and then get extended to mean "to be gong to"? Or was it the other way around?

(明天)我要上学“ would probably mean "I am going to go to school", I consider this interpretation is incorrect. Note that 要 has the following meanings - want, must, demand, request, ask. 明天我要上学 - ...
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