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Comparison question with implicit 再 zài?

I just started learning chinese and I came across this dialogue from a lesson: A: Pínɡuǒzěnme mài ? 苹果怎么卖? How much are the apples? B: Sìkuài. 四块. 4 Yuan. A: Yǒudiǎnr ɡuì. Kěyǐpiányi ...
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How to distinguish between homophone words 再 and 在 zài

I wonder how one can distinguish in an oral conversation between homophone words: 再 and 在, as both have the same pronunciation zài. For example, in the sentence Wǒ zài kàn diànyǐng. how one can ...
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How to distinguish between 都 dōu meanings

I am having some confusion about how can you accurately identify the meaning of 都 dōu in some sentences. I know this word has several meanings, for instance: It expresses "already" with the structure:...
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播出,廣播,轉播 :哪裡不一樣?

So I'm studying the translation for broadcasting and three terms (well, excluding one, which I'll mention at the end) are given to me by a textbook. They are 播出, 廣播 and 轉播. For the life of me I ...
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Which one is more commonly used in Chinese speaking communities: 年轻 or 年青?

One of the elective projects on the study of Chinese culture given in my high school is as follows: 探讨中国传统文化如何助当今年青人走出困局。 I thought this was a typo so I asked our teacher to correct it to 年轻. But ...
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What’s the difference between 善于 vs 擅长

What’s the difference between 善于 vs 擅长? I know they both mean “being good at” but can they be used interchangeably? When should you use one over the other and why? For example, how should I say: “I ...
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Difference between 那 vs 呢 and when to use it [closed]

What is the difference between 那 vs 呢 and where should I use it?
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Why 明 for tomorrow and next year but 下 for next month?

I would like to understand why you can say 明天 and 明年 but not 明月, or why you can't say 下天 and 下年 but you say 下月. From the dictionary, 明 and 下 both seem to mean "next". Maybe the logic behind is "just ...
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What's the difference between 招来 and 引起?

招来 (zhāolái) CC-EDICT definition: to attract / to incur 她的行动招来上司的批评。 Her actions drew criticism from her superior. 如果你在这件事上失败了,就会招来别人的非议。 You will bring the blame of others upon yourself ...
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What is the difference between 是 and 在?

I don't really understand the difference. Someone said zai is location, but it is used also in the sentence "Mum and Dad are drinking tea."
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What’s the difference between 起来 and 上?

Both 起来 and 上 after a verb should indicate the beginning and continuation of an action or a state. Are there differences in usage? If yes when should I use one instead of the other? Examples with 上: ...
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What's the difference between 入(root) and 人 (men)

http://zhongwen.com/d/164/x74.htm This character looks like 人 alot. That website says that it's the character of roots descending into earth I search for root in mgdb and can't find it. I search ...
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What is the difference between 满足 and 满意?

I learned both of these words recently. I asked a Chinese friend what is the difference, and she told me they are "almost the same". I'm wondering how strong the "almost" is here. How interchangeable ...
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The difference between 陪 and 跟

The meaning of both 陪 and 跟 is "go with", so are there any differences between them? 我陪你去医院。 我跟你去医院。
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How to distinguish between 为 and 给 when both means “for”

Both 给 and 为 can mean "for." Both can be used with verbs to express an action done for anyone. So how can I distinguish? Please make it clear. Thank you so much.
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What's the difference between 注册 and 登记, both meaning “to register”?

Typically I click 注册 = "register" to sign up for a new service on my phone. However, 登记 also seems to mean "register" in a similar sense. Searching on Jukuu.com: 法律不承认未登记的婚姻。 Marriage without ...
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What's the difference between shǐ yòng 使用 and yòng 用?

Both mean to use. However, sometimes you need both and sometimes you can simply say yòng 用. Examples: 謝謝你使用拼音 , thank you for using pinyin 謝謝你用鉛筆 , thank you for using a pencil
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What's the difference between 光速线条 and 光速线?

I'm translating a project, and 光速线条 came up (speed-of-light line). I put it through google translate, and 光速线 seems to mean the same thing. The project would turn out differently depending on their ...
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Difference among 一些,一点,有些,有的

I want to ask about the difference among 一些,一点,有些,有的. I know 一些/一点/有些/有的 + Noun = a little + Noun (uncountable nouns, right?) So are they interchangeable?
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Difference between 发愁,着急,担心,关心,操心,烦恼

In addition to this post: Is there a difference between 担心 (dānxīn) and 着急 (zháojí)? HSK contains a lot of words which relate to being worried: 发愁,着急,担心,关心,操心,烦恼 - am trying to distinguish ...
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Communication - 交通,交流,联系,接触,沟通,交际,打交道

I am trying to make clear distinctions between the use of the following words. It would be great if you have any extra information which could help me! 交通 - 1) to be connected, n. transportation, ...
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Results! 结果 vs 成果 vs 果实 vs 成就 vs 成绩

So, this is quite the connundrum! This is how far I have got: 结果 - just means result, in a general sense The following five words seem all to refer to success/achievement, and even after searching ...
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大大大! 重大 vs 严重, 广大 vs 大型 vs 巨大

So, having had a look into the HSK5 vocab which involves the character 大, I have come across a few instances where I am not sure what is used in which circumstance. 重大 vs 严重 - these both mean ...
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了 with two verbs: What's the difference between 我去厨房找了饮料喝 and 我去了厨房找饮料喝?

In one of my stories I wrote: 我去了厨房找饮料喝。 A student at Nankai changed this to: 我去厨房找了饮料喝。 Question: What's the difference between 我去厨房找了饮料喝 and 我去了厨房找饮料喝? I just want to say something like "I ...
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Establishing the difference between 综合, 结合 and 组合

So, I am trying to work out the difference in usage between 综合, 结合 and 组合. I have written out my current understanding of them based on internet searches. If anyone feels I got it wrong, it'd be great ...
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How do we distinguish a bopomofo symbol from a similar character?

For example, 丫 is a character while ㄚ is a bopomofo symbol. I find it very difficult to tell the difference (especially if they are hand-written), unless from the context. Other examples: 幺andㄠ; ...
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In traditional Chinese, when should one write 台灣 and when should one write 臺灣?

I have seen both even in the same context. For example: May I know the difference and when should one use which? Thank you!
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Expressing “Both A .. and B”

I came across the following sentence: 我既是一个语言的从教者,也是一个语言学习的爱好者。 I understand that "既 A , 也 B" is a sentence structure for expressing "both .. and ..". I was wondering about what effect 既 has on ...
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What examples highlight the difference between 感情 (gǎnqíng) and 情感 (qínggǎn), meaning “emotion” [noun]?

Both 感情 (gǎnqíng) and 情感 (qínggǎn) are nouns that mean "emotion". Some examples: 这复杂的情感使埃拉想起了自己的丈夫。[src] These complex emotions cause Ella to think of her own husband. 最后这种感情再也抑制不了。[src] ...
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What examples highlight the distinction between 产生 and 生产, both meaning “to produce”?

产生 (chǎnshēng) 病毒是怎样产生的?[src] How are viruses produced 导体中就会产生电流[src] [The] conductor will produce electric current. 生产 (shēngchǎn) 操作人员对自己生产的产品要做到自检[src] workers regarding their own ...
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一张网页 or 一个网页 (“a webpage”): which is the better choice of measure word, and why?

I just want to say "a webpage", and the two natural options are 一个网页 一张网页 It's not hard to find examples of both: 访问一个网页的全过程[src] 我的第一张网页范例[src] It seems natural to use the measure ...
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What's the difference between 记录 and 纪录, both pronounced jìlù, and both meaning “record”?

记录 and 纪录 are both pronounced the same, and mean "record". It looks like both can be used as nouns and verbs. Question: What's the difference between 记录 and 纪录? I'm using Zhongwen Chinese Popup ...
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Is there a difference between 回转 and 掉头?

Is there a difference between 回转 and 掉头? I have heard them both used to describe a U-turn, so are there any subtle differences between the two words?
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Is there a difference between 连朋友都没告诉过 and 即便是朋友也没有告诉过?

Comparing Toosky Hierot's answer to my original attempt in Writing critique request: Zhou Ziwang loses weight, just like everyone else nowadays, we have: me: ...连朋友都没告诉过... Toosky Hierot: ......
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When to Add 了 in the 太…了 Structure

The grammar structure for expressing too much is 太.....了according to my grammar book. And to express anymore... Eg. I don't like you anymore. I don't live there anymore. ...You also use 了 at ...
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What is the difference between 需 and 須? [duplicate]

I am wondering what the difference between 需 and 須 is. They seem close enough while 需 slightly hints to me that it is an "optional" kind of want, while 須 is a "demanding" want. Is this correct and is ...
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Is 让 more [make] than [let]?

Based on someone’s answer on question regarding how to state unpleasantness in Chinese: 让 (to make) implies "to force/ to order". If something has to be forced upon you, that something is most ...
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How to state unpleasantness in written form? let becomes make

In English, unpleasantness can be stated by changing let to make. Classmate sharing pleasant things to classmate: My parents let me eat chocolates. 我父母让我吃巧克力 Classmate complaining to classmate: ...
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Let and Make, how to differentiate the two in Chinese

"Mama! Papa don't let me watch TV, he's making me do house chores first" Both are translated as 让 in Chinese, e.g., I even added more context on the sentence, with the hope that Google might be able ...
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Is there any distinction between 二倍 and 两倍?

Both 二倍 and 两倍 mean "double". I'm wondering if there's any distinction between the two, e.g. with respect to grammar, or when to use which. (There is ordinarily a difference in usage between 二 and 两....
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What's the difference between 校园 (meaning “campus”) and 校院? Is 校院 incorrect?

It seems like 校院 is infrequently used, while 校园 is normal. I'm not sure if this is because 校院 is incorrect, or because it's less common. It's possible to find examples of 校院 being used online, e.g. ...
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As verbs, what’s the difference between 经历 and 通过?

I saw both of them translated as ‘go through’... But do they have any more specific use or meaning difference?
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What’s the difference between 符合, 适合 and 适应?

They are all vocabulary from HSK 4. They are all verbs, and they are translated as “adapt”, “fit”, “suit”. Is there any difference in use or meaning between them? Thank you so much!
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What’s the difference between 实在 and 确实?

I know both are adverbs and mean ‘indeed’, confirming the veracity of some condition or situation. I can’t find any difference in the way they are commonly used. Does anyone know what the difference ...
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What's the difference between 一份工作 and 一家工作?

I just encountered in the HSK4 book 一份工作 while I'm accustomed to 一家工作. Judging from Baidu (一份工作; 一家工作), both are grammatically correct and widely used. I am unsure if they're different or not. My ...
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What's the difference between 因为什么 and 为什么?

Usually when first learning Chinese we learn that 为什么 means "why". However, I recently encountered 因为什么, and I'm wondering if it's different. 你因为什么给关进去? Why were you put in? (玛帝尔达 (Matilda), ...
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Usage of the word 用

So I was watching a show and they say, 你不用留爸爸 And I got confused as to why they used 用 in it. Is it the same when you don't use 用 in that sentence? Like, 你不留爸爸
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The difference and usage of 正在 and 在 [duplicate]

What is the difference between 正在 and 在 when using in sentences? For example, 我正在看电视 And 我在看电视 Don't they accomplish the same thing?
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What's the difference between 蓓 (bèi) and 萌 (méng), both nouns that mean “bud”?

蓓 n. bud (part of 蓓蕾 (bèilěi)) 萌 n. bud; vt. sprout, germinate (part of 萌芽 (méngyá)) I asked a student (who happens to have the name 萌) if 蓓 and 萌 are the same, but she said they're different. I'm ...
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What's the difference between 互相 (hùxiāng) and 相互 (xiānghù), both meaning “mutual”?

I learned my early Chinese from ChinesePod, and they talked about 互相 (hùxiāng), but I just learned that 相互 (xiānghù, reversing the characters) also has a similar meaning, namely "each other" or "...

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