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Both words generally mean sincerity or honesty, however their usage seems to be different, sometimes, but not always.

According to my understanding, you can say, for example:

他对我有诚意。

but can't say:

他对我有诚信。

However, you can say:

他有诚信。

Can anyone please explain the difference? Can someone please translate the above sentences accurately, and perhaps provide a few other useful examples? Thanks.

  • 有诚信 have integrity, act in good faith, bkrs:诚信genuine honest in good faith honesty integrity sincerity and honesty, examples:以人为本, 诚信 至上,做生意一定要讲 诚信 ,如果弄虚作假,欺骗顾客,一定会自败声名,自断财路。职能科学、权责法定、执法严明、公开公正、廉洁高效、守法 诚信 的法治政府 诚意 good faith; sincerity, 对...诚意 sincere towards:see jukuu's 100 samples for each, among those for 诚意 there are exactly 2 with 对...诚意 :43.不过他 你总是一片 诚意 。82. 孙小姐怫然瞪眼道:“谁要他 我诚 – user6065 Aug 8 '17 at 12:50
  • 诚意 means you have sufficient motivation to do something at fair cost. 诚信 means that you want to keep a good credit history = 诚实守信。 – Daniel Yeung Aug 9 '17 at 3:24
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诚信: means honesty and credibility

诚意: means honesty only

You can't say:

他对我有诚信。

Because if somebody 有诚信, he/she will be always 有诚信, not only for you, but for everyone. So you just say 他有诚信 or 他没诚信.

You can say

他对我有诚意。

意 means mood here. One can be 有诚意 now, but wasn't other times, can be 有诚意 for you, but not for others.

诚信 is a trait, 诚意 is a mood.

You can say

他今天有诚意.

not

他今天有诚信

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诚意: your willingness towards something,

eg: 我对这生意很有诚意;让我们看到你的诚意;

诚信: credits you got, (so people hold you accountable to do something.)

eg: 你很有诚信; 你的诚信很好。

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In '诚意'(sincerity); '诚'= '诚实'(honest) ; '意'= '意图' (intention)

有诚意- having honest intention means you are sincere

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In '诚信' (integrity); '诚'= '诚实'(honest); '信'= '信用'(credibility/ trust- worthiness)

有诚信- having honesty and credibility means you have integrity

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If anyone said he would do something and finally he did it. 他很有诚信 If anyone said he would do something and problaly he will do it. 他很有诚意

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