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It is hard for me to find out one general or exactly English word for '样' in different contexts, it is so common in Chinese.

  • They’re all short for 样子 – user3306356 Dec 14 '17 at 1:50
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样 means 模样 or 样子 (manner/way; appearance/ look)

这样 = this way/ like this

那样 = that way/ like that

怎样 = what way/ like what/ how

小样的 = small looking one (mock people for being small minded or undignified)

好样的 = good looking one (use in positive way to praise someone looking good by doing something or use in ironic way to mock someone looking bad by doing something)

  • 小样 may also mean (product) sample in some context – tsh Dec 26 '17 at 5:38

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