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This is taken from the phrase:


Sounds like it means "manifold" or something like that?

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The taste varies according to different ingredients. The first 不同 refers to different, and the second refers to varies. – coolcfan Feb 9 '12 at 6:16
As noted above, the first 不同 is an adjective ("different") while the second one is a verb (differ). – gonnastop May 28 '12 at 21:21
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No, here the real pattern that you should focus on is “依[A]而[B]", which means "according to A, B is/does...",remember 依 means "according to, based on" here. So your example means:

The tastes are different, according to differen ingredients.

Or you would say, The tastes of different ingredients are different.

Another example:

单价依采购量而定。 The unit price is determined based on the purchase quantity.

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