I'm not sure to get the difference. If the two following sentences are correct, when should I use one over the other?





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    The 1st one is correct. The 2nd one is not.
    – xbh
    Dec 7, 2018 at 7:08
  • Both sentences are grammatically correct, but the second sentence makes no sense. It translates to: My badminton shuttlecock likes playing more than my tennis ball.
    – dROOOze
    Dec 7, 2018 at 7:11
  • How would you make the second one work with 比? If it is possible. And more generally is there a rule to use one over the other?
    – Elfayer
    Dec 7, 2018 at 7:12

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It's quite easy to distinguish.

First is the conclusion:

"相比" in Chinese equals to "compare with" in English.It's usually a common verb.

"比" in Chinese equals to "more than" or "xxxer than" in English.It's usually a comparative form.

Their usages are quite different.

For example:

you can use "比" like "我比你高。(I'm taller than you.)" and "相比" like "农村的文化生活无法与大城市相比。(The cultural life in the country cannot compare with that of a large city.)".

Hope my answer helps you.

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