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从(软件运行的)现象上来看,这个问题不影响软件的正常使用。

According to the dictionary, 现象 is phenomenon. I think it should be behavior, but behavior means 行为.

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  • 我觉得这里的现象是直观感受 intuitive feeling.
    – Zhang
    Mar 10, 2021 at 1:38

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Besides meaning 'a phenomenon', a more literal understanding of 現象 is 'the appearance of things'*. By character, 現 means 'to appear; to reveal'; 象 means 'resemblance; appearance'. May think of that as 表現之象.

This sentence may mean something like this:

'From the way the software runs, it appears that this problem does not affect the normal functioning of the software.'

In this context, 現象 is akin to 表徵, 表面.

行為 as a substitute of 現象 is grammatically plausible. But their meanings differ slightly; while 行為 is a neutral phrasing, 現象 seems to be a more conservative way of assessing the effect of the problem on the software - the speaker's judgement is only based on how the software appears to them, not necessarily how the software actually is under the influence of the problem.

* Reference: 譯典通英漢雙向字典

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  • IMHO, very broadly, 現象 applies more towards non-human, inanimate objects' appearances, phenomena, and 行為 for the "impression" one gets from human behavior and actions. Mar 10, 2021 at 4:37
  • That is indeed true.
    – L Parker
    Mar 10, 2021 at 4:44
  • Of course one can treat the software as if it were animate; that works as well.
    – L Parker
    Mar 10, 2021 at 4:47
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    Quote:- "...one can treat the software as if it were animate...." That's interesting because in a cartoon where human figures / characters are depicted, (these human characters are clearly not "alive"), one would actually describe their behavior as 行為? Mar 10, 2021 at 6:21
  • Precisely. In this context, I see the software as almost AI-like, if 行為 is used.
    – L Parker
    Mar 10, 2021 at 6:30

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