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What's the difference between 伤心 and 难过?

What's the difference between 伤心 and 难过? I know that both mean "sad", but is there any subtle difference? Thanks!
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Meaning of “想要” as opposed to “想” and “要”

I have seen the words “要”,“想”,and “想要” all being used in similar contexts and I understand that they all mean 'to want/need' something. If I understood correctly, “要” is more frequently used for ...
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What is the difference between 表演 and 演出?

Dictionary translate : 表演 : perform, act, play, demonstrate 演出 : perform, put on a show, performance both could as verb and noun. are they could use interchangeably ?
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What should Vietnam rely on to name similar to Chinese? [duplicate]

As everyone knows, in the name of the Republic of China there is the word 民國. When translated into Vietnamese, it is called "Dân Quốc". Therefore, what factors should Vietnam rely on to name ...
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What's the difference between 所有、全部都 and 全都

If it's possible could you gve some examples which show the difference between 所有、全部都 and 全都 and explain the usage of each?
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what's the difference between 再 and 更,一点

i saw phrases 再好也没有了 and 他的打字速度可以再快了一点儿 i know that 再 means "again" or "then", but i take it in these cases that means smth like "more"? then, what's the difference ...
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what is the difference between 困惑 and 糊涂

What is the difference between 困惑 and 糊涂 ? Supposedly both mean "confused" but still is not clear in which situation each is to be used
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Dào dé and dàodé. Difference between each word separately? And when combined together as a compound word?

I understand that in Chinese each syllable is a word with its own meaning but that often, two individual words can be put together to form a compound word, which is often rendered in pinyin as one ...
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What is the difference between 「欸」 and 「诶」?

The first time I notice the word 欸 is in a game (Genshin Impact) with 欸嘿. Then I find another word 诶, which is not that so common vs 欸. So what is the difference between them?
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Help with the right version what the Chinese guy is saying

Recently during the lectures we've been listening to "China's Betting Big on Artificial Intelligence. Could the US lose the AI Race?" from YouTube. Certain video sections were in Chinese, ...
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Pronouncing two words with same pronunciation(homophones)

As a beginner, the thing I realized is there is a lot of word with the same pronunciation and Chinese is almost full of homophone words. For example: 良, 量, 凉, 粮, 踉 all have the same pronunciation: ...
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How is 有在 different from just 在?

I recently came across this phrase. 我平時有在運動。 Although this may be basic, I can’t seem to find any explanation for how this combination of 有 and 在 works grammatically. Most of the search results ...
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What is the difference between 灿烂 and 精彩?

What is the difference between 灿烂 and 精彩 ? Both, at some point, mean – splendid/marvelous. There should be some difference for sure since these 2 words look so dramatically different. Continuing the “...
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What is the difference between 柔韧 and 灵活?

What is the difference between 柔韧 and 灵活 ? Both mean flexible (and both are adjectives, as I see). Which one suits more to “schedule” for instance - “flexible schedule” ? And which suit to “hamstrings”...
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What is the difference between 使用 and 实用?

What is the difference between 使用 and 实用? In many contexts they both mean “make use” “put in use” “utilize”. Are they interchangeable or there is a certain refined difference in the meanings they ...
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Difference between 他给妈妈打电话” and “他打电话给妈妈”

I learned that the sentence pattern is A 给 B + something: "他给妈妈打电话” but recently I saw this 他打电话给妈妈. Are both grammarly correct? Thanks is advance!
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If A伴随着B, then is it true that B伴随着A?

CC-CEDICT: 伴随 (bàn​suí​) to accompany / to follow / to occur together with / concomitant I saw on Tateoba the sentence 闪电常常伴随着雷鸣。 Lightning is usually followed by thunder. The English sentence ...
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Difference between: 有多少个 and 有几个

I would like to double check chat gpt`s answer with something more accurate: My question below: 一年有多少个星期 and 一年有几个星期? are different phrases but they mean the same, correct? Is there any grammar and ...
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信息 vs 資訊: what's the difference?

I asked ChatGPT and I got the following response, is this correct? "信息" (information) has a broader and more general use about being data/facts/information, while "资讯" (news) is ...
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房地产 和 不动产有什么区别?Moreover i want to know the correct pronunciation of 不 of 不动产

I've searched for the differences between 房地产 and 不动产 but the results are all written in Chinese and my Chinese level is not enough to read them. I guess that 不动产 is more related to business purpose ...
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What exactly is the difference between 哲 and 喆?

I'm also interested in knowing the connotations and whether those terms are associated with specific dialects. Would the average mainland speaker know 喆?
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What's the difference between 既然 and 鉴于?

I asked ChatGPT for sentences comparing CC-CEDICT: 鉴于 (jiàn​yú​) in view of / seeing that / considering / whereas CC-CEDICT: 既然 (jì​rán​) since / as / this being the case and it gave me: 鉴于天气不好,...
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Difference between 地 and 得 in 他很難過[得/地]哭起來了

他很難過得哭起來了 他很難過地哭起來了 Which one is correct? 1 makes sense because 得 is describing the extent of how 難過 he is, but 2 also seems to make sense because 地 is just before the verb 哭. So I'm really confused ...
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Differences between 学生,学童 and 同学?

比如,他们讨论过《卖火柴的小女孩儿》是写给谁看的,还讨论过灰姑娘的故事。老师讲完故事之后,问同学们: ... This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 22. I don't understand why the word 同学 is used. Why not 学生 or 学童? 老师讲完故事之后,问学生们: ... ...
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What's the difference between 写下 and 记下?

Please explain to me the difference between them . When should i use them and so on .
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difference between 接到 and 收到

Can you give me as many as example sentences where I can use 接到 but not 收到 use 收到 but not 接到 use both 接到 and 收到, and their meanings are same use both 接到 and 收到, and their meanings are different? I'm ...
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Difference Between 玩意 and 名堂

What is the difference between 玩意 and 名堂? I learnt from other sources that 玩意 is the expression from 北方人 when they are upset about something like 这是什么玩意啊? (equal to 这是什么鬼啊?) (correct me if I'm wrong), ...
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What is the difference between 尽力而为 and 全力以赴?

I heard the following from a radio show, in which the hostess said (something about the recent flood in Beijing ), "我们的责任和希望不在于尽力而为,而在于全力以赴". In my opinion, both idioms mean to go all out or ...
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What's the difference between 明白了and 知道了?

When should i use it? In what situations? For example, if they explain something to me or ask me not to do something, then these words are interchangeable or not, what shade?
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What's the difference between 去 and 来?

I noticed that 去 and 来 are used in a sentence in a strange meaning. For example: 1) 实际上,很多问题的答案都可以从生活中找到。但这需要你有眼睛去发现,用心去总结。 2) 自己不花时间去想 3) 眼不是用来做饭的吗? What's the difference between them and when ...
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What's the difference between 没想到 and 想不到?

There is no information about this in my dictionary. Unfortunately, for me they have exactly the same meaning. Could you explain the difference to me if I am wrong?
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Confused about 生气/着急/担心

This is from a random hsk 5 practice exam I found online. Confused about the answer to 51 being 生气 here. I chose 着急. My thinking is that 着急 is most similar to anxious in English, which is why the wife ...
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Difference between 英文词典 and 英语词典

It suposed that when you refer to the language on a printed item it should be expresed ending with 文。 For example 中文地图, 西班牙文书, 英文书。 BUT I found this in several dictionaries covers: 汉语词典,西班牙语词典,英语词典,...
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usage of 几乎 vs 几乎要

I just spent an hour of class trying to figure out the difference between: "这辆车几乎 撞 到我了" and "这辆车几乎 要撞 到我了". The only differnence is 几乎要 and not 几乎. The teacher kept saying ...
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How to translate 我买了百多元

On DuChinese one can read the following sentence Here 买 seems to have the same meaning as 花 Any guidance by chinese expert speakers is highly appreciated
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When to use or skip 的 between two nouns?

Please helpme to understand the grammatical difference when using or skip 的 between two nouns。 What I know is that 中文, 西班牙 and 书 all are nouns. But in some cases thy become attributes Case a) 中文书 ...
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How to specify colors etc. attributively

I’ve been using Duolingo and Google Translate (definitely not the most authoritative of sources) and have seen constructs like 红色的书 and 红车 Is there a difference in meaning depending whether one ...
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Difference between 必须得 and 一定要 in context

For example, if I want to say, "for this class you gotta have a cup of coffee (to stay awake)", should I say 你一定要有咖啡 or 你必须的有咖啡? Note that in this context, I am not demanding that the person ...
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Why do we use 是 and not 有 here ?生活中的美到处都是

When I first saw this offer, I was confused. Because it seemed to me that here it is better to use "this"But if everything is in order here, then I do not understand the purpose of using &...
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What's the difference between 为 and 来?

Sometimes i see them in the same position . I think they both mean "for".. Please explain to me .. For example: 结力量来捍卫和平 ; 每到换李或者节假日的时候,各大商场都会举办一些活动来吸引顾客。
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What kind of feeling does this 烦恼 describes?

What's the difference beetwen 烦恼,担心,着急,难过,生气?
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What's the difference between 穿 and 穿出?

I think I understand the difference, but I know that 穿 is passes through something (one of the meanings), but 穿出 is also..I saw the sentence: 看到喜欢的都想把它穿出来 (this is a phrase from a video where a girl ...
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If 为, meaning 'for...', takes the reading [wèi] why, in the following examples, is [wéi] being used?

I had learned that 为 'for the purpose/sake of' took the reading 'wèi'. However, I have seen several instances of 'wéi' being used to mean the same thing. Are these readings interchangeable or is 'wéi' ...
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Can somebody please help me to parse the phrase, '挑起满满的一担...'?

Google translates, '挑起满满的一担粮食' [tiǎoqǐ mǎnmǎn de yī dān liángshi] as, '...pick up a full load of...', but when I attempt to translate this phrase manually, using the pinyin given in the source ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence 一会儿妈又该生气了?

isn't 又 used in the past tense? I can't understand the meaning here 该,了,又. I found two more sentences that are unclear to me: 1) 她是不是又在发神经了 2) 她又发神经了 which shows 在 in the first sentence ?
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What's the difference between 不能,买不到,不用?

Recently i saw such sentences as "火车站的东西真不能买” and " 以后的事,以后再说;而不能肯定的事不要说” 。 I know that 能 means " be able to... " but I'm confused in these sentences . Can you explain its meaning ...
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Is there any difference between `你在哪?`, `你在哪儿?` and `你在哪里?`

Is there any difference between 你在哪?, 你在哪儿? and 你在哪里?? Because I feel like you can use any of these sentences at any time to ask: Where are you?
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What's difference between 受到 and 受?

I find it very difficult to understand the difference between them . For example in this sentence: 网上购物能够受到人们的喜爱。
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What's the difference between 这本词典是老师的吗? and 这本是老师的词典吗?

I wonder if there is a difference between these two sentences a) 这本词典是老师的吗? and b) 这本是老师的词典吗? Are they grammatically correct? thanks!
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What's the difference between 才 and 就?

I know one stands for "slow than expected" and the other for turnover "earlier". In some cases, I cannot explain to myself their position in sentences. Can you explain to me in ...
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