I feel that a very important difference could possibly be highlighted here. I am not entirely sure.

For one, I do see the difference between the two with a grand scale. With that said, I also under stand the importance of 路, especially when with the word 露. Hailing from a City of Rain, I had the question come to light.

Does this word have a con notation strictly on the MDBG site? It also includes the definition of betray, is that then in the eye of the be holder?

路 would seem to stem from foot, mouth and each/every . Then does an implication exist that could be misused?

Is 路 then a step on the way to 道 through proper motions?

Edit: The reason I came across this was because I was re minded of a girl with whom I played League with at a time. haha. That was coupled with the fact that 露露 is also an almond milk, which I wrote along the line of yesterday.

The original question stemmed from the line following: "锏是一种中国传统古代兵器之一。" Intrigued with the usage of 之一, I had wanted to build a sentence using both the Chinese almond milk, and this one.

  • see more dictionaries, esp. bkrs, jukuu, also search web:e.g. (most detailed) zhidao.baidu.com/question/279851544.html 道与路有什么区别? zhidao.baidu.com/question/17694680.html 道和路的区别?zhidao.baidu.com/question/82832830.html 道与路有什么区别
    – user6065
    Aug 10, 2017 at 0:27
  • I will read it in the future, my literacy competence is not level with article scope.
    – Abe Shudug
    Aug 10, 2017 at 0:39
  • Generally when they are used for road, width of 道 > 路. 路 can be used for all road, but 道 used for wide road only. Aug 10, 2017 at 0:43
  • That is fair, my scope has also widened. Originally, my choice of word was going to be par before level. I learned of the etymological roots of the word 'imperative'. Interested with 'imperare' in particular, I continue research. The etymological roots of different parts of that word make a lot of sense to this one path. When I decide to return to base, I realize that I was along the same lines all along. Par are means to make ready.
    – Abe Shudug
    Aug 10, 2017 at 0:49
  • As a plus, the one sentence preceding this as my previous comment is another thing that I mentioned on this site. The importance of diction in the English language! That last sentence can have a certain array of meanings!
    – Abe Shudug
    Aug 10, 2017 at 0:51

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Your usage of character formation may not be always correct. E.g., 露 used to have that meaning (well before the 12th century AD), but now it means "water drops (on/from plants)".

In general, 道 is a bit more abstract than 路, silimar to "path" and "road" in English. 路 often means the road you're going on, and 道 can have the meaning of "method/approach".

– 你从哪条路过来的? Which road did you come from? – 我从那条小道过来的。 I came from that small path.

Usually they are interchangeable, but sometimes...

条条大路通罗马。 (not 大道) All roads lead to Rome. (not "path")

(road name) XX大道 (Blah Boulevard) XX大路? (Blah Big Road)

道 can also mean a social subject,

混白道,混黑道 (do business and run gangs) 白路/黑路 (white road and black road)

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