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The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?

  • "Situation" in Chinese is 形势 – Tang Ho Jan 25 at 19:44
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    Are you sure you don’t want to ask this at Korean StackExchange? – dROOOze Jan 25 at 23:02
  • Okay, I was thinking this's more related to Chinese. – anhnha Jan 26 at 5:24
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If we look at MoE's definition of 形便, we get:

形容地理形勢優良便利。

Google Translate tell us this means:

Geographical situation is good and convenient

Basically you can think of 形便 as a mix of 形势 (situation) and 便利 (convenient).


Wiktionary also gives two English definitions:

Noun
advantages offered by terrain

Adjective
convenient (because of the location)


So is "situation" in there? Yeah, but it's buried in 形.

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