I'm asking about this jukuu.com example sentence:

(wǒ bù dǎsuàn zuò juédìng)

(Jukuu.com's translation is "Susan, I don't plan to make any decisions Susan" which is clearly wrong.)

It breaks down logically:

So it means something along the lines "I don't plan to make a decision".

Question: Is 做 necessary in the sentence 我不打算做决定?

I'm not sure why 做 is in this sentence, but it seems unnecessary to me. I.e., I would expect 我不打算决定 to be an acceptable sentence, but I'm unclear on this.

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决定 in 我不打算决定 is a verb (I don't plan to decide)

决定 in 我不打算做决定 is a noun (I don't plan to make decision)

'做决定' means 'make decision'

  • in 我不打算决定 the object is omitted, It emphasizes the verb 'to decide'

  • 我不打算做决定 is a complete sentence. It put emphasis on the object 'decision'.

  • This is the correct answer. It's no good to omit the . Oct 5, 2017 at 7:53

Yes 我不打算决定 is acceptable, and has the same meaning with 我不打算做决定. But with the usage of (which makes 决定 a noun, i.e. the decision) the emphasis is put on the action of making the decision.

BTW: As a native Chinese I'm curious too; do decide and make the decision have the same meaning in English? Is there any nuance?

  • 打算 means 'plan to'. It is different from 决定 (decide to). When you plan to doing something, you may or may not actually do it. When you decided to do something, you are going to do it unless you change your mind.
    – Tang Ho
    Oct 3, 2017 at 15:09
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    @TangHo I think the point of the question is 决定 vs 做决定, not 打算 vs 决定, ?
    – user4072
    Oct 3, 2017 at 15:12
  • Sorry, I thought you wrote "decide to make decision" (决定做决定). That would sound very strange.
    – Tang Ho
    Oct 3, 2017 at 15:20
  • For your question, Let me put it in another example- 'murder' and 'commit a murder'. In "he murders" the object is omitted. The emphasis is on the action of 'murder'. If you say "he committed a murder", the emphasis is on the object noun 'murder'. Similarly, "he decides" emphasizes the action of 'decide' ; while "he makes a decision" emphasizes on the object noun 'decision'
    – Tang Ho
    Oct 3, 2017 at 15:35

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