That is the difference between:




As far as I understand it's:

在蓄胡子 -- to grow a beard.

蓄着胡子 -- to wear a beard.

Am I right?

  • Yes, you are right. Sep 12, 2020 at 15:26
  • Have anybody seen a list of such pairs?: 在蓄,蓄着, 在穿, 穿着 , 在活, 活着 , 在试, 试着, 在睡, 睡着 Yeah, some of the words does not make sence but those are for the template.
    – coobit
    Sep 12, 2020 at 15:45

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Semantically, 在蓄胡子 sounds like the beard is still growing and may not necessarily be very long.

蓄着胡子 suggests that the beard has grown to a certain amount already and still keeps growing.

  • If so then what do you think about 愛着 - loving? and 在愛 - falling in love? Could there be some sentences where those things are true translations?
    – coobit
    Sep 13, 2020 at 8:19
  • @coobit Basically, 在 denotes 'be doing' and 着 "in a state and still keeping it".
    – dan
    Sep 13, 2020 at 9:58

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