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This dictionary entry says the Mandarin equivalent of Cantonese's 睇唔起 is 瞧不起.

http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/words/15825/

Some Mandarin speakers seem to use 看不起.

Is 看不起 a valid way of expressing 睇唔起, or are those Mandarin speakers using the wrong term?

  • both 瞧不起. and 看不起 mean 睇唔起 in Cantonese – Tang Ho Oct 14 '18 at 17:56
  • @TangHo great! could you post as an answer please so you can get credit? also is there a difference between 瞧不起. and 看不起? – Crashalot Oct 14 '18 at 18:17
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Is 看不起 a valid way of expressing 睇唔起

It is a direct translation

瞧不起/ 看不起 in Mandarin = 睇唔起 in Cantonese

瞧得起/ 看得起 in Mandarin = 睇得起 in Cantonese

瞧不起 is more colloquial; 看不起 is more literary

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