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According to the dictionary, 成 has meanings of to become or to form, what is the subtle difference between 形成, 构成, 组成 and 养成?

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  • I suggest you to look up the compounds, rather than the individual characters. No +1 from me today for this reason. Would be a much more valuable question if you had done some research and are stuck on more specific nuances. May 11, 2014 at 23:22

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You can look up a dictionary first, as they are quite different, except for 组成 and 构成. Compared with 组成, 构成 sometimes emphasize the interaction between constituents, but they are very similar in most cases.

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形成: to form to some situation or status by developing a progress of action

构成, 组成: consist of

构成 and 组成 can be used interchangeably in most of case.

养成 is a bit different from the other 3 words. It means to cultivate (a habit).

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