Both 儘量 and 盡量 seem to mean, "try your best," according to these dictionary entries:

1) In Mandarin and Cantonese, is there a difference for when you use 儘量 vs 盡量? Or are they interchangeable?

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'儘' in '儘量' has the 亻 Radical, denote 'human effort'

儘量 :'to the best of one's ability' ; 'as far as possible' (in term of human effort)

Do not confuse with 盡量 which is different in form, reading, and meaning.


盡量 : reach the limit (drink or eat); to the full

Do not confuse with 儘量 which is different in form, reading, and meaning.


  • When you say '我會儘量給他貸款' , you mean: 'I (personally) will do my best to give him a loan' (to the best of you ability to secure a loan for him)

  • When you say '我會盡量給他貸款', you mean: " I will give him the maximum amount in loan'. (if the bank only authorizes you to lent out loans no bigger than $5000, then $5000 loan is the limit)

Another example:

  • 儘量投放物資 - do one's best to deliver supplies

  • 盡量投放物資 - deliver maximum amount of supplies until it is exhausted

尽 is the simplified form for both 盡 and 儘.

Which mean in Mainland China, 儘量 and 盡量 are both written as 尽量, but their pinyin are different depend on which meaning you are using.

  • yet another excellent explanation. thank you!
    – Crashalot
    Oct 14, 2018 at 2:40
  • This is giving me some serious déjà vu. Wasn't a similar question asked before on the site?
    – Mou某
    Oct 14, 2018 at 5:16

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