Is 当做 and 看做 a synonym? I looked at a few sample sentences on bkrs dictionary. They seem to be used in similar situations. But just to be sure, what do you guys think? Do they have any difference in certain situations?

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In traditional Chinese used in Taiwan, 當作 can be used when you use something or treat something as if it's something else. For example:

He ordered you around as if you are slave.

He used a bat as a weapon.

Whereas 看作 can be used when you recognize something as something else.

  • Ohh I see. Thanks! Oh btw i noticed you wrote the character as 當作 and 看作. Is 當作 and 看作 the same as 当做 and 看做?
    – Nephilim
    Dec 21, 2019 at 4:18
  • @Nephilim I used traditional Chinese. 當 can be written as 当 when you written as simplified Chinese(mainly used in China). 當 is traditional Chinese. 当 is simplified Chinese.
    – 000
    Dec 21, 2019 at 7:34

Question:- Is 当做 and 看做 a synonym?

The short answer is no, the long answer is the differentiation is quite subtle that if one is used for the other, some people would not actually notice or object, hence your question?

BTW, it has also been written as 当作 & 看作 which may be considered arguably more acceptable / correct. Perhaps for another question?

Coming to the question, OOO has already given an answer / examples for 当做, i.e., to use some other thing "in place of" what is normally / commonly used for a certain purpose.

The latter 看做 or 看作, is "to regard / recognize / treat", (whether deliberately or mistakenly), one thing / behavior / attitude for some other.

E.g. 不要以我的宽容看做弱点。

Do not regard my tolerance as a weakness.

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    Dec 21, 2019 at 6:45
  • Yes, it appears so as I did a "second" registration when the system prompted me to complete my registration. Kindly merge them. Thank you very much. Dec 21, 2019 at 7:34
  • Good answer. In 不要以我的宽容看做弱点, the use of 以 is a bit off. 不要把我的宽容看做弱点 is more accurate.
    – dan
    Dec 21, 2019 at 9:23
  • Dan - Yes, upon reflection, you are right. I was using 以 as shorthand for 以 为, and after your comment and re-reading the sentence again, 把 is more compatible as 以 为 would require the sentence to read as " 不要以为我的宽容表达弱点“ -- “Do not think that my tolerance expresses weakness " Dec 21, 2019 at 10:29
  • @WayneCheah Please check I accidentally created two accounts; how do I merge them?.
    – user4072
    Dec 21, 2019 at 12:15

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