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I encountered a very useful dictionary eight years ago, but have never been able to find a copy of it because I don't know what it's called. It not only gave examples in context of how to use the words, but also gave examples of how NOT to use the word (marked with an 【误】, if I remember correctly). Can anyone identify a dictionary that has this feature?

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I find a dict called 现代汉语正误辞典. Maybe it is the one you used before. Search it on Google, there still some online stores sell it. – halfelf Nov 19 '12 at 2:22
Wouldn't how to not use the word be dependent on the user's first language. I'm quite sure Swedish and Japanese students make different mistakes. – Olle Linge Nov 19 '12 at 10:42
Hmm, yes, I would imagine the utility of this dictionary varying depending on the learner's first language. – cyanos Nov 19 '12 at 19:37

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I recommend this《小學生的國語辭典》approved by the Taiwanese Ministry of Education for their primary school students. It contains the following features:

  • 语文帮手 (or language assistant) to highlight certain words that require particular attention. For example:

    「人才」有才能和德性的人。例: ...

  • 小提醒 (or small reminders) for listing synonyms (相似詞), antonyms (相反詞) and active terms (活用詞). For example:


  • 追本溯源 (or trace the origin) to explain the historical background that give rise to the word. For example:


Note that the dictionary is written in traditional Chinese (繁体字) and that it is availabe on Google Books.

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Looks interesting, going to see if I can lay my hands on this one locally. You don't happen to know any other, similar books? – Olle Linge Nov 21 '12 at 15:03
@OlleLinge, I happen to chance upon this while looking for references to answer another question. Hmm, there should be more out there. I think a good place to look for these gems would be at a national or university library, reference section. Internet is not really the place to search for these. – 杨以轩 Nov 22 '12 at 3:04

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