What is the difference in writing strength as 力 or 力量 ?

I have seen it both ways and am not sure of the difference.

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    力量 for "power,force,strength" by itself, 力 used in compounds cf. e。g。小马词典 :能力 néng lì capability; capable; able; ability; CL:个 压力 yā lì pressure 努力 nǔ lì great effort; to strive; to try hard 势力 shì li power; (ability to) influence 有力 etc。
    – user6065
    Mar 20, 2016 at 23:23
  • So i guess i should have added this but would it be correct to have a tattoo with just 力 for strength ?
    – Xnub
    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:42
  • why not? "力" still can mean "strength", even though in written or spoken text it occurs as a bound morpheme
    – user6065
    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:18
  • 力气 if you refer to human strength. 力量 is more technical. As for tattoos, I have seen 女力 representing feminism and female power.
    – user4452
    Mar 21, 2016 at 20:45
  • 团结就是力量 tuán jié jiù shì lì liang Unity is strength (revolutionary slogan and popular song of 1943)
    – user6065
    Mar 21, 2016 at 21:42

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I want to say sometimes Chinese choose different words for rhythm. you can say 很有力量, not 很有力 you can say 大力出奇迹(this sentence used during pool games)

They just sounds good~

  • supporting preceding answer, at jukuu find examples with "(议论、论据、话、劝说、前额和嘴巴、等等)很有力" also 很有力 used attributively:。。。是很有力的工具、很有力的反驳、很有力的侧翼、
    – user6065
    Mar 21, 2016 at 12:11

We say 电力 electric power instead of 电的力量; 马力, horsepower, instead of 马的力量,魄力,guts instead of 魂魄的力量,etc.

We say 有力的反击,effective strike back, instead of 有力量的反击。大力的支持,fully support, instead of 大力量的支持,etc.

we use 力量 as a separate word, e.g, 我们的力量, our strength, 团结的力量, unity,s strengths , 集体的力量,groups power, we don't say 我们的力 or 团结的力。

There is an idiom, 群策群力,power of team work. There is a phrase, 团队的力量, power of team work.

From the above, I will say 力 and 力量 mean merely same, the difference is 力 mostly used as part of a phrase while 力量 is used as a separate word.

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