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Difference among these terms for student clubs: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组?

In regards to their meanings as "student clubs" (at school), are there any differences in the following words: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组? For me, I personally find 队 to mean clubs having to do with ...
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What is the difference between 探望 and 看?

Both the expressions 探望 and 看 are, in an appropriate context, translated as "to visit". I haven't been able to figure out the difference between the two. When does one use 探望, when does one use 看?
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分别 vs 分别地 what is the difference?

Fairly straightforward. I know -地 is used to turn adjectives into adverbs and that justifies the use of 分别地 (the internet attributes it the meanings "separately" and/or "respectively&...
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What's the difference between 让, 令 and 使?

I am in doubt whether 让, 令 and 使 are interchangeable, and if not, how to differentiate their use. What I understood so far: 让 tends to be used in spoken language and it's pretty universal, meaning to ...
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What is the difference between “博览会”, “交易会” and “展销会”?

I know there are 3 phrases used to describe exhibition/fair, namely "博览会", "交易会" and "展销会". Can those phrases be used interchangeably or is there any difference for each specific phrase?
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What's the difference between 一下子,一刹那,and 一时

I know the usage of 一下子 but I don't really understand about 一刹那 and 一时
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What is the difference between 变 (biàn) and 易 (yì)?

I would say that both 变 (biàn) and 易 (yì) have the same (or very similar) meaning, dealing with "something that changes", like in "易经" (the Book of changes) or "变温层" (...
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The difference between 蓄着 vs 在蓄?

That is the difference between: 蓄着胡子 and 在蓄胡子 As far as I understand it's: 在蓄胡子 -- to grow a beard. 蓄着胡子 -- to wear a beard. Am I right?
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Result complements used with 买: 好,到 and 上

I have come across three different result complements that can be associated with the verb 买: 好,到 and 上. My broad understanding is that all three of them somewhat convey the idea of "managing to ...
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Is it okay to ask 你的电话号码是什么?

Is it ok to ask: 你的电话号码是什么? (What is your telephone number) Or do I have to say: 你的电话号码是多少? which is the translation on Duolingo. Also, can I just say: "你的电话是多少? because 电话 already means ...
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How does 脖 differ from 頸 for “neck”?

https://hinative.com/en-US/questions/1547907 doesn't answer this. I don't think https://hinative.com/zh-CN/questions/51384 is relevant?
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What is the difference between 店 and 馆?

In class I remember my 老师 said there is a difference between 店 and 馆。 For example: 咖啡店 and 咖啡馆。In this context what is the difference?
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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 is the difference between 星期日 and 周日? [duplicate]

I know the definition of both of these words are Sunday but in what context are they used?
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What's the difference between 周 and 星期? [duplicate]

From a dictionary lookup, it seems that both 周 and 星期 can mean "a week"—is there any difference in usage?
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What's the difference between 星期X and 周X?

When accepting an answer, I noticed that the example used the word 周三 for Wednesday, but in my grammar, the days of the week are 星期一, 星期二, etc... They seem both correct but, what's the difference? ...
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What is the difference between 乾 and 幹?

I know that dry is "乾燥", but according to Google Translate: dried apples = 蘋果乾 dried apricots = 杏乾 dried mangosteens = 山竹果乾 dried durians = 榴蓮幹 dried yeast = 幹酵母 dried chickpeas = 幹鷹嘴豆 dried ...
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What is the difference between 还是 and 还?

What is the difference between 还是 and 还? Is 还 the short of 还是 and, consequently, they are interchangeable in every situation, only in some cases or never? For reference, I will list the different ...
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In 你把票放好, why is the complement 好 instead of 住?

I'm currently learning about Resultative Complement in Chinese. Today, I tried to do some exercises provided by a website and bumped into this question : Direction: Translate this question into ...
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Are (报道, 报导), (成份, 成分), (定单, 订单), (定婚, 订婚), (浑浊, 混浊), (摩擦, 磨擦), (启程, 起程), (人才, 人材) all pairs of alternative ways of writing words?

In the book 汉语国际教育用词语声调组合及轻重音格式实用手册 by 刘英林 [ed.] (considered the likely candidate for the upcoming HSK3.0 vocabulary), the following words seem to be categorized as alternatives: 报道 and 报导 There are ...
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What is the difference between 古怪 and 古里古怪?

According to my book, there is a pattern for building further adjectives from adjectives. If the original adjective is AB (two different characters), its derivation is A里AB. Unfortunately, this ...
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Differences between “Verb + Adj”, “Adj + Verb”, “Verb + 得 + Adj” and “Adj + 地 + Verb”?

I am having some difficulties understanding the differences in meaning between the following structures (the examples are from Line dictionary): Verb + Adj e.g: 走快了她会累。 Zŏu kuài le tā huì lĕi. ...
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What is the difference between 晚上 and 夜里?

when I was looking the definition of both of these words. It showed that they both meant night. Does both of these words mean night?
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Is there a difference in connotation between questions ending in 吗 vs. X 不 X

Is there any difference in connotation/region/modernity/etc. between questions ending in 吗 and affirmative/negative questions? For example, does: 你很累吗? connote something different than: 你累不累? And ...
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⿺走巳 or ⿺走己: Can 起 be written in two different ways?

Whilst typing the character 起 on my Mac, I notice that the character appears differently, illustrated in the picture below. On some programs, the character appears with an extra stroke, on others it ...
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Difference between using 被 and the object in the topic position?

I just learned about the preposition 被 bèi to express passive voice. If we have a S-V-O sentence, we can reexpress it using the 被 structure as O-被-(S)-V. This introduces a passive voice into the ...
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Why is 他从商店出去了 correct but 他出商店去了 incorrect?

他出商店去了。 他从商店出去了。 Why is only the second sentence right? I knew that when we use a directional complement, we could put the object in the middle between the two verbs. So why do I have to use 从 in ...
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Difference between 洞 and 口 for holes in things

From what I see, there are examples where both 洞 and 口 can be used to describe holes in things. For example from samples in Pleco: 衣服撕了个口 (A hole was torn in the jacket) 衬衫破了一个洞 (Have a hole in one's ...
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What's the exact difference between 住 and 居?

I wanted to know what's the exact difference between 住 and 居. Since these characters mean the same thing, why can't I convince them together into one word meaning "to live"? Thanks.
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Difference between 给 and 跟 (e.g. in 我给你讲 and 我跟你讲)?

What is the difference between 我给你讲 and 我跟你讲? These two phrases both seem to translate to I told you. But when would one be preferable to another?
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Why is 称 used instead of 显示 in 消息称,苹果已经开始……?

From a news article 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航 (10 August 2020), we typically see 显示 meaning "indicate": 有统计数据显示,…… ……,苹果中国官网介绍显示,…… 7月底苹果公布的第三财季的财报显示,…… In fact, I've become ...
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What is the difference between 太太 and 夫人?

What is the difference between 太太 and 夫人? My book (外国人学汉语) translates it as the same word. “Woman (married)” and it says they can both be a suffix as well as a noun. Question: Is there really no ...
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Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese?

Google translate gives "Rap" for "饶舌" and "说唱" for "Rap" Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese? Is it about spoken vs. written?
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What is the difference between 准时 and 按时?

These both seem to mean "on time" or "on schedule" (compared to 及时, which I believe means "in good time", i.e. before the scheduled / agreed time). Is there a difference ...
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Differences between 记得 and 记住

Google obviously doesn't help, both recorded as remember / recall except 记得 as bring to mind and 记住 as bear in mind. Found a blog post that is confusing with some claiming 记得 is more about having done ...
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What's the difference between 开 and 举办 when used for the meaning “to hold an event”?

What is the difference between 开 and 举办 in the following sentence? They both mean "to hold". Can you use both for big events like 奥运会 or little events like 派对 or 聚会 ? 每年开两次运动会,一次是水上运动会,...
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What is 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 pronunciation in Putonghua (Mandarin) is different. In Cantonese, even the ...
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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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Differences: 别的 vs 其他 vs 另外 (other)

Well, the question is in the title... I'd be very thankful for an explanation, but also: Could you give examples of cases where they are and are not interchangeable? Can I use them for "where are ...
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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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What's the difference between 检测 and 检查?

Google translate gives "discover" and "detect" for "检测" as well as "examination" and "checking" for "检查". When talking about COVID-19, ...
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What's the difference between 只 and 才?

What's the difference between 只 and 才? When should I use 只 and when 才? Can you give me some examples please?
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Which do I use: 喜欢不喜欢 or 喜不喜欢?

I know that 喜不喜欢 and 喜欢不喜欢 have the same meaning, but in a sentence, which would look more appealing or make more sense in the sentence? In other words, which one is grammatically correct?
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When to use 很 vs 非常?

What is the difference between using 很 and 非常? For example: 猫和狗都非常可爱 and 猫和狗都很可爱。Is there any difference? Which one should I use with 漂亮?
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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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What is the difference between 几月几号 and 几号?

What is the difference between 几月几号 and 几号, when asking about the date? Like 今天几月几号? or 今天几号?
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干父母 vs. 义父母 translation/meaning?

干父母 (if I may use this term): 干爹 = 义父 干妈 = 义母 so 干父母 = 义父母 but what does it mean? 拜认为父母 English translations usually go like this: 干爹 = godfather 干妈 = godmother 义父 = stepfather (adoptive ...
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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 if you fail ...
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Is 壁橱 (as opposed to 衣柜) only a colloquial word for “closet”?

I apologize if this is very elementary: I've never heard of closet referred to as 壁橱, only as 衣柜, but the direct translation doesn't seem appropriate. I've also heard 衣柜 used to reference cupboard as ...
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Talking about things in the past - 曾经, 从前,以前

So, I am trying to establish the difference between these words and when you would use one over the other. Here are a few things that I have established so far: only 以前 can be used with a period of ...

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