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What is the difference in meaning between 事儿 and 东西. As far as I understand both mean "thing".
All help is appreciated.
东西 often refers to some concrete object, while 事儿 means matter/affair/business.
你下午有啥事儿吗？- What are you up to this afternoon?
你在吃什么东西？- What are you eating?
You can specify them by differ these two phrases：
which partly mean：
do a thing， buy a thing.
The former (事儿) is an intangible thing, (an event, a matter, something that happening...), and the latter (东西) is a tangible thing that you can purchase and use.
Its somewhat of a matter of habitual usage and preferential thing way of referring both to, like you have said, 'things'.
I believe the former is more widely used with people from the Northern part of China particular around capital region, the latter is somewhat of a more general usage.
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