kè carve; quarter

Sounds same

kè (to be able to) kè (customer)

Different tone

kē (of plants) kě (can)

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Proverbs

刻舟求剑 kè zhōu qiú jiàn A venture made pointless by changing circumstances. The story is of a man who accidentally dropped a sword in the lake while being ferried across it. He reasoned that if he made a notch in the side of the boat that would let him find the sword again,