I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比, one may not tell which two time blocks the author is saying. If I want to say “month over month” and “quarter over quarter”, what’s the proper way of saying each (both literal and contextual)?

For example, “stock prices jumped 5% month over month, and 3% quarter over quarter”

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Don't use "环比" alone, "比" means comparison in the sentence and needs a baseline.

stock prices jumped 5% month over month and 3% quarter over quarter

股价本月环比上涨5%,本季度环比上涨3% (comparison base on the current month/quarter)
股价每月上涨5%,每季度上涨3% (intend to describe a long period of time)

And some alternative sentences could go like this:
(unlikely to see both "month" and "quarter" in one sentence, but need a baseline for comparison anyway):


"同比" means the same period of time, while "环比" means the last period of time.
Not suggested to define them as "year over year / month over month" when using alone.
So usually needs a time block in the same sentence to avoid ambiguous.

  • Got it. Regarding 同比, can it be used alone since it means year over year by definition, i.e., the baseline is already there?
    – Superman
    Mar 31, 2021 at 0:55
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    A similar thing for the usage of "同比" is that you'll find the "time block" in the sentence, like "今年...同比..." or "本月/3月...同比...". It might mean the same month by default (or common use) but most news report or articles will mention the "time block" to avoid ambiguous.
    – Shaw
    Mar 31, 2021 at 1:00
  • Hmmmmm ok, got it, thank you!
    – Superman
    Mar 31, 2021 at 5:38

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