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Person 1 says: 我不想再见到你

Person 2 says: 谁想再见着你

Why does Person 1 use the word 见到 and Person 2 use the word 见着?

Is there any different meaning between using 见到 and 见着 in this context?

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Person 1 says: 我不想再见到你

Person 2 says: 谁想再见着你

In this case, 见到 and 见着 mean the same. This use of 着 works as a resultative complement. It's worth to mention that 着 should be pronounced as zháo. E.g. 猜着了, 找着了, etc.

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No difference, 到 is more formal, 着 is less. In this use, 着 is pronounced "zháo,ㄓㄠˊ". However, it can be pronounced another way, and the meaning changes.

谁想看着(zháo,ㄓㄠˊ)你 - Who wants to see you.

谁想看着(zhe,ㄓㄜ)你 - Who wants look at you? Or, who wants to keep an eye on you?

Example sentences:

鑰匙找不着(ㄓㄠˊ)了 = 鑰匙找不到了.

看着(ㄓㄜ)他,別讓他跑了 - Keep an eye on him, don't let him run away.

Have fun:)

ADD - Another fun to note/know about the tone of "着":

着(ㄓㄠˊ)火了 (2-3-4) or (2-3-5)

着(ㄓㄠ)急了 (1-2-4) or (2-3-5)

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    Hi, did you mean "zháo" (阳平) as in 找不着 (zhǎobuzháo)? Nov 29, 2021 at 19:17
  • 着 in 找不着 (can't find) functions differently from the 着 in 在找着 (is looking for)
    – Tang Ho
    Nov 29, 2021 at 20:28
  • @GiuseppeRomanazzi 找不着 (3-4-2).
    – r13
    Nov 29, 2021 at 20:39
  • @TangHo This is a difficult word to explain.
    – r13
    Nov 29, 2021 at 20:39
  • It should be pronounced as zháo in 谁想再见着你, not "zhāo".
    – dan
    Nov 29, 2021 at 23:57
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见到你,到 means "reach". My eyesight reaches you.

见着(zháo)你,着 means "touch". My eyesight touches you. Related words are like 着落,着地,着凉

These two words are basically the same meaning. My feeling as a northerner is 见着 is more oral and informal. 见到 in the oral language is also fine so they mean the same in your example.

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