When do I use 经常 and 时常? Can they be used interchangeably? If there is difference between the two words, what situation do I use each of them?


No. They are not interchangeable at all.

经常 bears more frequency than 时常. E.g. 我经常去看你 Vs. 我时常去看你. 我经常去看你 indicates I go see you more often than 我时常去看你.

If you say 我经常去打球,I'd think your frequency of playing ballgames is high. If you say 我时常去打球, I'd take that your frequency is normal/moderate (or probably a bit above normal), neither very high nor low.


both 经常 and 时常 means 'often'

经 = regularly

常 = frequently

经常 = often (if you do something regularly and frequently, you do it often)


时= time

时常 = often (in time)

You can use them interchangeably

For Example:

经常遲到 = often late (emphasize the regularity of being late; being late is a regular behaviour for the subject)

时常遲到 = often late (emphasize the frequency of being late; the subject has been late many times)

经常不遵守规则 = often disobey the rule (disobey the rule is a regular behaviour for the subject)

时常不遵守规则 = often disobey the rule (the subject has disobeyed rule many times)

Another term for 'often' is '常常' (reduplication of the adjective 常). It also emphasize the frequency






  • What is the point of answering in chinese to someone who is asking a basic question and thus has not the possibility of understanding the answer at all?
    – julodnik
    Oct 11 '19 at 12:23

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