What is the difference between 收了 and 收到了? 1. We say 我收了他的錢 2. But we don't say 我收了他的信, We say我收到他的信了

When do we use 收了 and 收到了?

  • 收到钱 has a different meaning from 收钱,see e.g. bkrs: 收钱 receive/collect money/payments (from a customer/etc.)向顾客收钱 charge customers 秘密彩票的收钱人 bagman 收到 :收到一笔钱 receive/obtain/get a sum of money, 收到应得的钱 receive due amount of money, 收到找回的零钱 accept the change
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In general, the word 到 indicates some form of completion:

I found my shoes


I received his letter

In both cases, some action began (searching and sending, respectively) which then came to a completion (finding and receiving, respectively).

Thus, the statement 我收了他的钱 implies that you received money, but not through an active, time-consuming process. You just took the money.

  • Oh I didn't know I can see the difference from the process. Thanks a lot. Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 4:30

我收到了他的信。/ 我收到他的信了。
I have received his letter.

Here, 收到了 usually indicates that something I received that was sent by other people actively. I just get it passively.

I took his money. / I accepted his money.

Here, 收了 just means I get his money. But you cannot tell whether the money is given by him actively or the money is given by my demand/request.

  • Oh I didn't know I can think from the actor. Thanks a lot. Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 4:32

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