(Update: There was a typo: 之间 should be 时间. I corrected it.)

I wrote these sentences to practice using 筹备 instead of 准备 which I'm more familiar with.




I'm seeking a critique of these sentences. I've basically mastered HSK4 and am working on HSK5 now. I'm particularly interested in what would happen if we replace 筹备 with 准备.

(I refrain from giving an English translation, as it seems to confuse people more than it helps.)

  • NB. Eliminating the subtitle makes the title vague, whereas with an extended title, it is possible to judge the question's content from the title alone. This way, a reader can make a reasonable guess if they'll learn something before clicking.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Feb 13, 2020 at 9:54

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All of your sentences sound weird.

Barring other grammatical errors, 筹备 is used to describe “collate resources to prepare for an event”.


The Japanese Government has spent a few years preparing for the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Your first and third sentences don’t sound right because they don’t refer to an “event” per se, and you should state clearly that the Beijing government was preparing for the New Year celebrations in the second sentence.


Changes in bold:

  1. 有人对于脱欧后在英国的生活感到迷芒
    There are people who are not very well prepared for the post-Brexit world.

  2. 北京花了很长间做筹备工作,
    Beijing spent a lot of time getting ready,
    but, because of the appearance of the corona virus
    the government postponed the New Year celebrations.

  3. 西红柿炒鸡蛋是个很简单的菜,
    Eggs and tomatoes is a very simple dish,
    you don't need to prepare many ingredients.


As a native speaker,


What does it mean?



In those sentences,it is okay no matter you use "筹备" or "准备". Actually,we always use "准备" in our daily life.

It seems that there are few circumstances to use "筹备" although "筹备" is more rigorous.(Maybe "准备" reads more smoothly than "筹备"?)

  • Thanks! To answer the question, it's intended to mean: Post-Brexit, some people's preparations are irrational.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Feb 13, 2020 at 3:31

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