What's the difference between 马上、立刻 and 直接? How do I use each word and in what situation is each word used?

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  • searched site?there are many results about 直接,also see chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/14085/… 立即, 即時, 立刻, 馬上 etc esp. comment #1
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Basically, we would use 马上 to imply that I’m on my way.

We use 立刻,to imply “immediately”.

直接 means directly or straightforward.

For example, when I was a high school student, I was naughty and always made teachers mad at me, so they would ask me “go to the office after class immediately!” (That’s: 立刻来我办公室!in Chinese.) And I would reply 马上来,which means I’m on my way. So when I describe this story to my friends, I could say, 下课之后我直接去了办公室(I went to the office directly after class.)


see dictionaries,search web (using e.g. ....有什么不同/区别),consult specialized dictionaries (see below) available at public or university libraries) "实用汉语近义虚词词典"立刻(副)/马上(副)[相同] 都是副词,作状语,表示情况或动作行为发生很快。经常可以互换:1。都可以用于已经发生情况或行为:(1)最后的结果一宣布,小马立刻激动得哭了。(马上✓)(2)客人们一走,房间里立刻安静下来了。(马上✓)(3)演出一结束,礼堂里立刻向起了热烈的掌声。(马上✓)(4)老师刚宣布完这个好消息,同学们马上欢呼起来。(立刻✓)(5)下课了,教室的走廊上马上热闹起来了。(立刻✓)(6)又刮风又下雨,天空马上黑了下来。(立刻✓) 2。都可以用于将要发生的情况或行为:(1)刘老师让你马上去办公室。(立刻✓)(2)师张命令我们马上出发。(立刻✓)(3)张经理叫你马上到会议室开会。(立刻✓)(4)请大家立刻离开这个地方。(马上✓)(5)立刻出发!(马上✓)(6)立刻关闭手机。(马上✓)

[不同]1。 用于将要发生的情况时,"马上"修饰的行为可以是很短时间内发生的,也可以是较长时间内发生的,如几天、几周、几个月;"立刻"修饰的行为是在很短时间发生的,一般是几秒钟、几分钟、几个小时之内:(1)下个月马上就要高考了,学生现在学习非常紧张。(较长时间,立刻✗)(2)听说新校长下个星期马上就到,是真的吗?(较长时间,立刻✗)(3)今天是12月20号,马上就到圣诞节了。(较长时间,立刻✗)(4)老张马上就60岁了,还能和年轻人一起打篮球。(较长时间,立刻✗)(5)你马上就要当爸爸了,怎么还这么马虎?(较长时间,立刻✗)(6)火车马上就要开了,可小明还没赶到。(短时间,立刻✓)(7)飞机马上就要起飞了,请大家系好安全带。(短时间,立刻✓) 2。 "马上"可以放在主语后,也可以放在主语前;"立刻"只能放在主语后:(1)马上电影就要开始了,可玛丽还没来。(立刻✗)(2)电影立刻就要开始,了可玛丽还没来。(马上✓)(3)老板一走进会议室,马上大家都不说话了。(立刻✗)(4)老板一走进会议室,大家立刻都不说话了。(马上✓)(5)走进房间,马上一股冷气扑面而来。(立刻✗)(6)走进房间,一股冷气立刻扑面而来。(马上✓)

For 直接 see dictionaries, can hardly be confused with 立刻 or 马上,

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