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, 2020 at 19:44
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    Are you sure you don’t want to ask this at Korean StackExchange?
    – dROOOze
    Jan 25, 2020 at 23:02
  • Okay, I was thinking this's more related to Chinese.
    – emnha
    Jan 26, 2020 at 5:24

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If we look at MoE's definition of 形便, we get:


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:

advantages offered by terrain

convenient (because of the location)

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

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