I looked up the definition for 集合 in Baidu but I'm not sure how to use it. My example is like this:


The context of this sentence is that it's describing PHP, a popular programming language. My translation thus far might look like this: Its ubiquity ..., with ubiquity being my translation for 博大宽泛 (i.e. widespreadness, popularity, etc.). I don't understand how 集合 works here. The definition I have for 集合 is 'assembled', 'set', 'brought together'.

The full passage is like this. It's technical, but I don't need help translating the technical part of it, just help understanding the grammatical aspect:



  • Are you sure 博大宽泛 is referring to its ubiquity and not its broad generality? If the latter, then it could be saying that being a kitchen-sink language has led to its success or something. I don't feel confident enough to make an answer though. Jan 16, 2013 at 6:58
  • Maybe… it's just not clear to me how to translate the first phrase. Jan 16, 2013 at 7:03
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    Your understanding of 集合 is correct. The E-book was written in English, but subsequently translated to Chinese. Some parts of it may sound unnatural to a Chinese reader because it was translated word for word. The original text reads something like this "PHP is the engine behind millions of dynamic web applications. Its broad feature set, approachable syntax, and support for different operating systems and web servers...". The best way to learn Chinese is still to read text that is written originally in Chinese.
    – 杨以轩
    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:08
  • @QuestionOverflow If you make your comment into an answer I'll mark it as the right answer. :) Jan 17, 2013 at 5:42
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    博大宽泛 here means all-encompassing. So the first part of this sentence could be translated into its all-encompassing/universal feature set. Ubiquity makes no sense here. Ubiquitous means found everywhere simultaneously, which doesn't fit into the context of this sentence. Jan 19, 2013 at 1:15

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‘集合’ refers to set when it comes to math.

‘集合’ refers to a collection/bunch of when it comes to your sentence, which means a bounch of features.

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