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What is the difference between 面 and 边 when they are used as suffixes, e.g. 前面 and 前边? Is one preferred over the other? Please provide examples of their different usages in both written and spoken Chinese.

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If solo 边 means the side of something. Solo 面 means surface of something.

前面 and 前边 has no difference because it comes from different accent like beijing or sichuan accent.

前面 is more hand-writting and 前边 could be used more in some cities like sichuan for accent use . All in all , both are ok in spoken language and writing . Just like 'Hello' and 'Hi' , and a little bit similar to 'old' and 'auld'

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  • "Just like 'Hello' and 'Hi' , and a little bit similar to 'old' and 'auld'" - no? – Niklas Berglund Feb 22 '14 at 11:14

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