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What's the difference between those sentences? Both seems to mean "I'm tired".

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好 is more describing the feeling of your heart.


I did so much. But nothing is useful. I feel really tired.

很 is just describing you're physically tired.


I've run for 10km. I'm very tired.

In most cases, 『好』 is more than 『很』. Just like the example above.

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Worth noting 好累 (and 好想, 好喜欢, etc.) are idioms originated in southern China. They are becoming more and more common in northern China by the influence of internet, books and Hongkong television, but not yet accepted by everyone. –  NS.X. Sep 23 '12 at 9:31

In southern China (at least in the 浙江/江苏/上海 area I've been in), is a perfectly acceptable substitute for 很 in almost all circumstances. For example:




There isn't really a semantic difference, except that is more informal. Also, there are a few circumstances where it would be confusing to use instead of .

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Probably an influence of Cantonese (and Guangdong-flavored Mandarin) where 好 is used, not 很, to say "very". –  dda Sep 25 '12 at 4:25

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