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There's no difference in meaning. They are not actually all that distinct: both words came from 哪, a generic interrogative character used for indicating a question. Given an appropriate context (e.g. 在哪), the character expresses the meaning of "where". Both 哪儿 and 哪里 builds upon that. The suffix 儿 is generally meaningless, and reflects the northern ...


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In Old Chinese, it is generally thought that some words followed regular morphological alternations (which are preserved in a few places in MSM, but "frozen", i.e., no longer productive). For instance: Verb/Noun 处 chu3 "to dwell" / chu4 "a place" 数 shu3 "to count" / shu4 "a number" 知 zhi1 "to know" / (also 智) zhi4 "knowledge" Similarly: ...


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The qu4 去 tone class in Middle Chinese is generally understood to derive from an OC suffix –s. Sagart regards the whole class as deriving from this process (Roots of OC, p. 131). This results in word pairs of plain root and root + s that in Middle Chinese and later differ by tone. If the –s is applied to a root that ends in a stop, it seems to efface that ...


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It's been said that the word 会计 was invented by 大禹 near a place call 会稽山. Both 会 here are pronounce kuai4. 会计 mainly follow the pronunciation of 会稽山 here. There are many reasons for why one character have two or more different pronunciations, see here if you want to know more reasons. In this case, it's mainly because people want to use a different ...


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There is a specific case where 哪里 cannot be replaced by 哪儿. When one is praised or flattered, 哪里 or 哪里哪里 is generally considered a proper, polite and humble response in Chinese culture. Its literal meaning is "Where am I? I'm nowhere near as good as you imagine" (although you actually may be that good or even better). Note that it is rarely used among ...


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http://dict.shufaji.com/word-2326.html 甲骨文(水,喻流程)(矢,代军事操练),造字本义:古代军事模拟实战的流程式操练。篆文将甲骨文的“矢”写成“寅”,明确了军事操练的含义。隶书将篆文的成。 the 氵also got another meaning of flow (process flow), so it does mean that process flor for traditional battle(war) training.


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There are only two meanings of kuài: To count A family name All other meanings should be pronounced as hùi. For more information about the Heteronym in Chinese, you may read http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh/多音字



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