According to Pleco:

  • zháo zhòng: emphasize; attach importance (v) / emphasis (n)

  • zhuó zhòng: stress; emphasize (v)

Both use 着重 as its characters. The first one lists a noun as well as a verb as its usage but the second one only lists a verb.

According to 网易有道词典, it only lists the latter.

Usually, if the pronunciation is different, the meaning is differen as well. For example, zháo means touch while zhe works as a particle, even though both are written as 着.

But in this case the meaning looks the same. So why do two forms exist and which one I should use?

  • zháo zhòng and zhuó zhòng seems like literary and colloquial versions of the same term 着重.
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 21, 2018 at 9:43
  • The correct pronunciation is zhuó zhòng.
    – dan
    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:43
  • Zháo is the reading used for 着火 (to be set on fire). 漢語大詞典 and 臺灣教育部國語辭典簡編本 both only list zhuó zhòng. Also, my Pleco doesn't list zháo zhòng; what dictionary is Pleco using for this reading?
    – dROOOze
    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:44
  • @droooze ABC. I purchased a bundle so it might be an In-App Purchase functionality.
    – Blaszard
    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:46
  • @TangHo Thanks and then do you know where zháo zhòng is used?
    – Blaszard
    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:47

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Edit: I was born in H.K, I would accept the Hong Kong's standard

/zhuó zhòng/ is the standard reading of 着重

There's a 著 , 着.discussion on this subject here http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/read.php?14,139780

著 in 衣 is pronounced /yī zhuó/

著 is used in place of 着 in Taiwan

In summary:

着= /zháo/

着重 = /zhuó zhòng/ (in this compound , 着 is read the same as 著 in 衣著)

重 = /zhuó zhòng/ (only in Taiwan)

The editor at Pleco might had considered 着 and 著 the same character in this compound (accepted both Taiwan and mainland China's standard), and listed both single character's pinyin.


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