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there's a blog post with examples about just this question here: http://speakupchinese.tumblr.com/post/115029397455/suoyi-vs-yushi To quote, it says: 所以 introduces the outcome, just as in English where we use ‘therefore’, ‘as a result’ or ‘so’. ... Moving on to 于是. This is used to place emphasis on the chronology of two connected happenings: A –> B, in ...


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To me,中间could also means between(no more than 2) while it could also mean Among if you are talking about more than 2 objects. Like 我和他中间 is perfectly fine to use. But 中间 seems to emphasize on "right in the center between two objects". while 之间 just says "anywhere between two objets".


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It could be helpful to look at them in ancient Chinese. 于=from,是=这=here (the point). So 于是=from here (or conclude from the point). 所以 is not so straight forward. 以=according to/depend on/use something for some purpose/etc. 所 indicate something is passive. For example AAA所以BBB = BBB depends on AAA/BBB becomes what it is now is due to AAA. So clearly, 于是 is ...



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