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What's the difference between 差異 and 差別?

Do both of them mean "difference?" Not sure if they are the same part of speech or if they are interchangeable.
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Are 平常 and 通常 essentially interchangeable?

In a few of my entries on Lang-8.com, several of my Chinese friends have changed 平常 into 通常 and vice versa without providing additional explanation. It it just a matter of personal taste?
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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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What are the difference between e.g. 想, 觉得 and 认为 when expressing opinion?

What are the main ways to express opinion in Chinese? I know there are some verbs used for this, like 想, 觉得 and 认为. What are the difference between them when expressing opinion? (I know they also have ...
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What is the difference between 我像太阳 and 我像陽光燦爛著?

Below both statements supposedly translate to "I am like the sun". 我像陽光燦爛著 Wǒ xiàng yángguāng cànlànzhe 我像太阳 Wǒ xiàng tàiyáng The first one comes from a song, the second one is more ...
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Difference between 谦虚 and 虚心?

In my Chinese textbook, 谦虚好学 is used, and 虚心求教 is used as well. They both mean modest, so when should I use each one?
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On the day: Difference between 每到教师节 and 每到教师节这一天

What is the significance of the 这一天 in the longer version? 每到教师节,... 每到教师节这一天,...
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Is 目 suitable for daily conversations, or should I use 眼睛 (and what about 口 and 嘴巴)?

Can I use 目 in daily conversations or its too archaic and I should use only 眼睛? What about 口 and 嘴巴? I am trying to teach my daughter Chinese with daily Chinese phrases and have dilemma - 目 is ...
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The word “why”: what's the difference between 为什么 and 怎么?

In Mandarin, usually 为什么 is used to express "why". Sometimes 怎么 is also used to mean the same thing. What makes them different? Most grammar books I beleive introduce 为什么, but I feel many Chinese use ...
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What's the difference between ,and 、

What's the difference between ,and 、 as they appear in some texts, like in this passage of the Zhuang Zi (end of the second part): 是萬物之化也,禹、舜之所紐也,伏戲、几蘧之所行終,而況散焉者乎! Is it like comma and semicolon? Or ...
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what are the different and usage between 已 and 己

I notice these two words come out frequently, but the meaning seems like be different. Who can tell me what is the difference. If possible give me some examples too.
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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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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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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 produced goods ...
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What is the difference between using the 能 and 得 potential forms?

For example, "我不能睁开我的眼睛" and "我睁不开我的眼睛" (不 obviously being the negation of the 得 potential form). What is the difference in nuance between these two sentences?
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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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What's the difference between 我去吃飯 (去 + Action) and 我要吃飯了 (要+Action+了)?

What is the difference among the following two sentences? 我 去 吃飯 我 要 吃飯 了 According to my current knowledge, both translate to ''I am going to eat''.
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Pairs which are of the form AB / BA

I need help with 实现 v.s. 现实 and 罪犯 v.s. 犯罪. I find it hard to remember the distinction between these pairs which are of the form AB / BA. Can anyone help me grasp the underlying ideas/logic/feeling? ...
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Difference between 小老婆 and 小老太

I have been going to a Chinese restaurant a lot lately, and the owner is a very friendly little old Chinese lady. Should I call her 小老婆 or 小老太? Is it rude to call her 小? Also, I think Chinese are ...
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What is the difference between 妳 (nǐ) and 他 (tā)

Wiktionary gives the meaning "you" for the character 妳 (nǐ), and tā (either 他 or 她). Is there a formal / informal difference? Which should I prefer in general usage?
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“Subj + 打電話 + Obj” vs “Subj + 給 + Obj + 打電話”

The dictionary entry of 打電話 that is given here says: Verb to make a telephone call Therefore, I would expect to be able to use it like this: 我 晚上 要 打電話 媽媽 However, I found the ...
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Difference between 图画 and 绘画

The dictionary defines both 图画 and 绘画 as drawing & painting. Can both words be used interchangeably? Is there any difference in the words in terms of usage?
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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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What is the difference between 狗 and 犬?

狗 (gǒu) and 犬 (quǎn) both mean "dog" and both seem relatively common, but is there any difference between them? When should I use one and when should I use the other?
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Differentiating 着 (zhe/zháo) and 着/到

The character 着 has many readings, but I'm interested on 2 of them that have grammar usage: zhe and zháo. As zhe, 着 is used to express a continuous state, as in 门开着 (the door is opened) and 他跑着步听音乐 (...
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Can I rewrite 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设 using 的 or 地 instead of 得?

I'm not too sure what this 得 is doing here. If I rewrite as in 2. or 3. is that a) correct and b) still the same meaning? 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端的,空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端地空前绝后的假设,。。...
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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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What is the difference between 一只狗 and 一条狗?

I've been told by native speakers that the former refers to little dogs while the latter is for bigger dogs. I also have been told that the latter has a negative connotation. I'm wondering: how ...
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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 is the difference between 早 and 早晨? E.g. 早晨好

What is the difference between 早 and 早晨? I hear people say 早晨好 sometimes. Does it refer to a different time in the day? They both say morning in my dictionary.
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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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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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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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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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自习 vs 自学: what's the difference?

What's the difference among: 自习 (zì xí) 自学 (zì xué) They should be something like "to study by oneself", "to study on one’s own", but still, I don't get the difference.
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Is there a difference between 非常 and 很?

This is probably a stupid question, but I'm just curious. Does 非常 express something to a greater degree than 很? That's probably not the way to word it, but like let's say you use 非常好。Would that be "...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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