I have a sentence with a given translation, as follows:

你多与别人就此事沟通。 = You communicate with other people.

Why is 多 put into this sentence, it is not mentioned in the translation. What would be the difference between the given sentence and the same sentence without the 多?

与别人就此事沟通 <> 你与别人就此事沟通 ?

3 Answers 3


It is a polite way to make suggestions, e.g.

I suggest you to do sports/exercises.  


Please give some guidance/opinion.

So I guess, a more proper translation of you example would be: 'You should contact other people about this issue.'

  • Is this similar to english "better", like in : you better go and apologize V.S. you go and apologize ?
    – meireikei
    Commented Nov 25, 2014 at 23:25
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    Not exactly, I guess. Wang Dingwei will give you a better picture of it, my guess is that you can simply think of this 多 as "do more if you are already doing it, or do if you don't do it at all". You catch a cold and a friend says to you: 你多喝茶! Drink (more) tea! [depending on if you are actually already a regular tea drinker or don't drink tea at all]
    – imrek
    Commented Nov 25, 2014 at 23:31
  • yo, that is quiet helpful!
    – meireikei
    Commented Nov 25, 2014 at 23:35

你多与别人就此事沟通 means you should take more attention to talk with others.

你与别人就此事沟通 means you should talk to others.


Means "more often" or "it's better to do sth"

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