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On a Chinese teaching site they are translating 丢 as "throw away" but Pleco, English Wiktionary, and Google Translate do not include "throw away" as a translation of 丢 or include 丢 as a translation for "throw away" or "discard".

Are these resources missing this common sense of 丢? Or Has the common non-native English confusion of "throw" and "throw away" influenced the site?

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丟主要有兩個意思:

(1)扔、拋棄(throw)。如:「丟球」、「丟垃圾」。

(2)遺失、失去(lose)。如:「丟臉」、「丟飯碗」。

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In fact, the original meaning of「丟」was to throw away:

元・康進之《李逵負荆》:"把煩惱都也波丟,都丟在腦背後。"

Throw away [your] worries/troubles; throw them all to the back of [your] mind.

「丟」is comprised of semantic「一」(representing something [to be thrown away]) and semantic「去」(to leave, go > abandon).

《揚子・方言》:"丟,一去不還也。"

「丟」, to abandon (去) something (一) [such that it does] not (不) return (還).

As mentioned elsewhere, to throw away is now replaced by「扔」, unless you're speaking in a regional colloquialism or to elderly people.

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Though it is acceptable (maybe it is correct in some dialects) to use 丢 as the meaning of throw, I suggest that using 扔 (or other words) instead. Since idiomatically we say 把球传过来 or 把球抛过来 even 把球扔过来 rather than 把球丟过来, and 扔垃圾 rather than 丟垃圾. The geneal meaning of 丢 is lose, 丢弃 or 抛弃 means discard, but single character 丢 does not.

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