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Difference between 的 and 个

Does it make sense to say 我个心? I suppose its meant to be 我的心. I still cannot distinguish when to use it. Maybe it to do with the fact that I am a Cantonese speaker?
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What's the difference between 大哥 and 大哥哥?

I know them both means big bother. Though there are differences somehow. 小明,谢谢这位给你让座的大哥哥。
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What is the difference between 王 and 皇?

If I understand correctly, 王 means "king", "monarch" or "sovereign." I also see that 皇 means "emperor", "sovereign" or "ruler." So is 皇 higher than 王? Also, in the case of female monarchs (...
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Difference between 肯定 and 确定

Does anyone know the difference (if there is a difference) between 肯定 and 确定? I seem to have trouble in knowing when to use each of them in certain contexts.
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Is 家婆 the term for a woman's “mother in law” in Mandarin too?

In Cantonese, a woman would call her mother in law her "家婆" or her "奶奶", and address her only as "奶奶". My understanding of the same terms in Mandarin is, a woman would call her mother in law her "婆婆" ...
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遮 versus 捂 versus 盖 in terms of usage

Let's say I want to cover my ears. Is it 捂住耳朵, 遮住耳朵 or 盖住耳朵? And then if I want to say cover up a situation, is it 遮住事情 or 遮盖事情?
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What is the difference between 麵粉 and 麪粉?

I was reading a Chinese book when I came across the word 麪粉. I didn't know how to read the first character, so I performed a search on Google translate. According to Google translate, both 麵粉 miànfěn ...
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Are there distinctions between the various terms for “Confucius” (孔子, 孔丘, 仲尼)?

There seems to be at least three ways of saying "Confucius" in Chinese: 孔子 (Kǒngzǐ) 孔丘 (Kǒngqiū) 仲尼 (Zhòngní) with some variants: 字仲尼 (Zì Zhòngní) 孔仲尼 (Kǒng Zhòngní) (There's possibly more I'm ...
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敢于 vs 勇于 difference in usage

may I ask if 敢于 and 勇于 are interchangeable words? In English, both of them mean dare to, have the courage to do something. I looked up some sentences involving both words and it seems to be used in a ...
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What is the difference between words that mean “to throw”: 摔, 扔, 投

They seem to be defined identically in this usage case (though 摔 has other meanings). Is there any difference in usage?
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Difference between words that mean “take by force”: 抢 and 夺

They are defined in a similar way. What is the difference in usage?
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孤单 vs 孤独 vs 寂寞 usage

so far I went through a few forums to look at existing questions on 孤单 vs. 孤独 vs. 寂寞 usage. The answers from each person have a bit of difference so I would like to check if what I understood so far ...
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忍耐 vs 忍受 usage/difference

Based on the dictionary, 忍耐 = endure, bear with, restraint oneself while 忍受 = bear, endure. But when I look at sample sentences, the usage of both words sort of overlap each other. So how do I use ...
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The difference between : 日 vs 号

I was reading a conversation and came to these sentences : 爸爸 :双十一是什么? 妈妈 :就是11月11号的网上购物节,在网上买东西很便宜。 I was wondering why it's 号 instead of 日. I then checked it on the dictionary and found out ...
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Various uses of the English “for” to indicate purpose

The sentences below all use the word "for" to indicate purpose. I tried to think of a few sentences that may use "for" a little bit differently. Can you help me understand how to use "for" in Chinese? ...
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What is difference between 吃 and 在吃?

Both of them mean eat/eating etc. So I am trying to find out purpose of the 在. Lingodeer app uses it almost in every sentence but Duolingo almost never uses it. So what is the right way or what is the ...
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why 对 and not 关于?

In an Essay I wrote: 费先生关于「焉有稼」所说的仿佛有道理。这样的观念让上者成为了「五谷不分」的人。但他关于孟夫子写的略有偏见 My teacher corrected the second (bold) 关于 to 对。 Is this presumably to avoid repetition, or are there subtleties creating a ...
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The difference between 比~更 and 比~多了

In Mandarin, there seems to be two forms of comparison statements. The first is 比~更, and the second is 比~多了 (or other variants such as 很多 and 得多). Example: 他打篮球比我更好。 他打篮球比我厉害多了。 坐高铁比坐飞机更方便。...
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The difference between 呀 and 啊?

呀 and 啊 both seem to be used in the end of sentences for exclamation, and the only difference that I can think of is that the pronounciation in Putonghua (Mandarin) is different. In Cantonese, even ...
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What is the difference in usage between 似乎 and 宛如?

Both 似乎 and 宛如 are translated in the same way ("as if..."). What are some examples where using one would be more appropriate than the other?
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Difference between 顺顺当当 and 顺顺溜溜?

Both 顺顺溜溜 and 顺顺当当 seem to be translated in the same way ("smoothly"). Is there any difference in usage?
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Using 是不是 vs. 吗

What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗? For example, what's the difference between these 2 questions: 你是不是中国人? 你是中国人吗?
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之后 vs 过后 usage & differences

Based on the dictionary, 之后 = after, afterwards while 过后 = afterwards, after. I wanted to find the difference in usage between those two words, so I analysed some sample sentences. I feel like 过后 is ...
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What's the difference between 都 and 对?

I've seen these two sentences on Duolingo: 我们都是老师。 (We are all teachers.) 他们对不是美国人。 (None of them are American.) (Not sure if this was exactly the one that I was supposed to translate...) But ...
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倔强 vs 固执 vs 顽固 usage

The dictionary says that 倔强 = stubborn, 固执 = stubborn, 顽固 =obstinate, stubborn. I looked up some sample sentences and felt like 倔强 and 固执 are synonyms. So are 倔强 and 固执 synonyms or do they have some ...
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脑袋 vs 脑子 vs 头脑 vs 脑筋

Based on the dictionary, I get the meaning that all 4 words mean brain, mind, head. So what's the difference between each of the words? And what is the usage of each word? It will be really helpful if ...
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What's the difference between 兵器 and 武器?

According to the dictionary, 兵器 = weapons, weaponry while 武器 = weapons, arms. It sounds like they are synonyms to me so I was wondering if those two words are synonyms or do they have some difference ...
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大半 vs 多数 usages

So far I know that 大半 = most, most likely while 多数 = most, majority. I've heard people say "我多数会来". And this sort of confused me since I thought 大半 is the word that means most likely instead of 多数. ...
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The word for clean (verb)

I usually see adjectives like 干净 and 清洁 for clean but I couldn't find a general verb for clean in Chinese. Let's say I want to say. "please clean your room before you leave". What's the right clean(...
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Substance in Chinese

I'm working through some material. I'm coming from an English/Latin perspective towards understanding this. Looking at the following translations 材料 - material - cáiliào 物料 - materials - wùliào Is ...
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生抽 vs. 酱油- differences?

I was looking at this recipe here: https://www.xinshipu.com/zuofa/9787, and noticed the word "生抽“. After inputting it in various online translators, they all said it meant soy sauce. However, the ...
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敌人 vs 冤家 difference

All the time, I've only heard of 敌人 = enemy, in TV shows and dramas. Yesterday I saw the word 冤家 in a folk song which apparently also means enemy in the dictionary. So I was wondering what's the ...
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吃 VS 吃掉 difference

I just saw the Chinese poster of Japanese animation movie called "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas". This is its title in Chinese : 我想吃掉你的胰脏 I wonder why they used 吃掉 instead of just 吃. Is there any ...
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What is the difference between 元 (圓), 幣, and 金?

In currency exchange booths, and in conversation, I've noticed this: US dollar = 美元, 美金. Hong Kong dollar = 港幣 Japanese Yen = 日元 Singapore dollar = 新幣 Euro = 歐元 There's also 英磅 for the pound ...
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What is the difference between 華誕 and 誕辰?

Both 華誕 and 誕辰 are more respectful ways of saying 生日 (birthday). For 華誕, I have seen: "最高元首華誕", "蘇丹華誕", "日本皇華誕". For 誕辰, I have seen: "國父誕辰", "先知默罕默德誕辰". Sometimes, within a text, I see 華誕 being ...
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If 蓝天 means “blue sky”, does 青天 mean “cyan sky”?

Peole use both 蓝天 and 青天 and I am wondering if there is any difference. While 蓝 means blue, 青 means cyan, right? Why do people say 蓝天白云 often but seldom 青天白云 (though 青天白日 is sometimes used)?
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What is the difference between 翼 and 翅膀?

As far as I know, both 翼 and 翅膀 mean "wing". I've heard people say "雞翼", "雞翅膀", "固定翼飛機", "鳥翅膀". All of these are wings, so what is the difference between 翼 and 翅膀? When should one be used over the ...
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What's the difference between 恭喜發財 and 恭禧發財?

Today I visited a house that had Chinese New Year banners all over. On the stairs, one banner reads 「恭禧發財」, and above a door, another banner reads 「恭喜發財」. Both of these are pronounced exactly the same ...
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How should you start a letter in Chinese?

How should you start a letter in Chinese? More specifically, what's the difference between starters such as 尊敬的,亲爱的,and 敬爱的, and in which cases should you use which one? 写信的时候,“尊敬的”、”亲爱的“、与“敬爱的” ...
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Difference between 汉语 and 华文

A Singaporean friend of mine calls his Chinese: 华文. I didn't realise that this also meant Chinese. What is the difference between 华文 and 汉语?
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What is the difference between 主菜 and 主食?

What is the difference between 主菜 and 主食 in terms of food items?
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when is the suffix 边/面 required?

I have learnt location words such as 上/下/前/后etc. and understand they can modify a noun such as -桌子上,宿舍前 . I also know the suffix 边 or 面 can be added (doesn't really change the meaning). When do i need ...
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What is the difference between 真确 and 真实?

Is 真确 and 真实 used in different situations? Do provide some examples on their usage if possible. Thanks!
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Which is better, 其他所有 or 所有其他?

其他所有 or 所有其他,which word order is more natural and ”合乎中文的习惯” ? For example, as in 其他所有内容 or 所有其他内容, 其他所有人 or 所有其他人, etc.
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What is the difference between 明确 and 清楚?

Both mean "clear", but in what way these two words are different?
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What is the difference between 参加 and 参与?

I have been using these interchangeably, until today I was corrected, being told that one "参加活动”, not "参与活动“. I then looked up the definition, but it wasn't too helpful. How do I know when to use ...
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Difference between 搂抱, 喂抱, 拥抱, 抱抱?

What's the difference between : 搂抱 (I guess this one refers to hugging/cuddling in general) 喂抱 (I tried to look for this word and a lot of pictures of mother hugging their babies appeared as a ...
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What is the difference between 安排 and 布置

Both mean "organize" but is there any different between these two words?
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Difference between 留神,留意,留心?

I am now learning 近义词 and got a problem with distinguishing the difference between 留神,留意,留心. The textbook says: 他干什么特别留心,看书时也常常做笔记 (留神and留意arent allowed here) 多亏我对他留了一点心,这个情况没有告诉他 (留神 and 留意 ...
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Difference between 公告 and 通知?

通知 and 公告 both mean a notification from the authority. But any difference? Could somebody help me figure out the difference with some concrete examples?