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Since Putonghua is a standard English word, why do people use Mandarin for standard Chinese?

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/putonghua putonghua mass noun The standard spoken form of modern Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing.
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Difference between “蝈蝈”, “蟋蟀” and “蛐蛐” (Also: 纺织娘)?

I keep seeing "蝈蝈", "蟋蟀" and "蛐蛐" being used interchangeably in Mandarin for some topolectical words. 蝈蝈 seems to refer to a: katydid 蟋蟀 seems to be a: cricket and 蛐蛐 also seems to be a: ...
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What is the difference between 不由得 and 不得不?

I heard that there is a difference between 不由得 and 不得不, but fail to find a relevant page. At least 不由得 and 由不得 are the synonym, and 不禁 is IIRC practically same. But is there any difference between ...
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How to guess when to use 銷 or 消 in compounds?

In some words that have to do with smelting and metal (銷蝕 , 銷毀 ) it is intuitive we have to use 銷. But in most cases they seem really hard to distinguish. According to pleco: 取消: cancel, call off, ...
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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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What is the difference between 抽 and 拔?

We just had both these words on the same lesson and they seem very similar to me. Yet, a search about 抽和拔之間的區別 returns nothing helpful. In our book the respective example sentences were: …...
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In Taiwanese place names, how are 宮 vs. 寺 used?

While exploring Taiwan (Taipei and Sanchong specifically), I've seen many Buddhist temples named with 宮, and on maps there also seem to be some named with 寺. What is the difference between (from what ...
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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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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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Difference between 几点 and 什么时候? [duplicate]

Is it correct that 几点 is for asking specific time in oclock...while 什么时候 is more general and can be answered specifically in oclock or a period of time such as morning, noon, night ? I often heard ...
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The word for Silicon Valley in Chinese

On Pleco, there are two entries for the word Silicon Valley, 硅谷 and 矽谷. One is 硅谷, the other is 矽谷. What is the difference between the two?
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Difference between 室友 and 同屋

I am very alarmed! At university, as far as I can remember, we learned 同屋 as “roommate” and 室友 as a synonym, particularly popular in southern China. Now this site claims that: 同屋" usually refers ...
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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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Difference between 家 and 家里? Also 家人 and 家里人?

Difference between 家(home) and 家里(home) bcs both also means the same. Another question is, difference between 家人 and 家里人 bcs both means family members. Does it 100% means the same? I have search ...
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Difference between 兴趣 vs 意思?

我对养宠物没有兴趣. 养宠物没有意思. When to use one over the other? Don't they mean the same thing? 兴趣 definition is Interest (directed towards, not inherent in something). What does that even mean?
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请教一下『还』字(huan2、hai2 两者)的语源

『还』字的这两个读音,韵母不一样,实际意思差别也挺大的。 当它读作huan2是指『回归』之意,可以译作『return』,是个动词; 但是若以hai2音来翻译,应当是代表了一种『当下并没有,但以后可能会这样』的状态,译作『still/yet』等副词。 我私下里就想,这俩意思之间有着千差万别,从上古汉语追溯下来,应该不是同源的吧? 然后我就去网上搜了一圈,在《说文》和《康熙字典》...
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What is the difference between 拥堵 and 堵车?

I found the following sentence: 这次降雪给交通带来了严重影响,一些高速公路封闭,一些地段出现拥堵。 However, another word I already knew is 堵车, which I have seen more times. So now I wonder whether there is any difference between ...
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What is the difference between 嘗試,試圖,and 企圖?

I'm trying to translate this sentence to Mandarin: She's trying to recover the torn photo. So I was trying to find a meaning of "to try" in Pinpin Dictionary, and I came up with three different ...
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Has 咖啡色 replaced 茶色 in everyday use for “brown”, or can I use both?

I've learned that 咖啡色 now is the most common way of saying "brown". Does that mean that saying 茶色 now is outdated, and not used any more, or are both words still used? Would also be interesting to ...
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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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How do I know whether to write the written character or printed character?

I'm often finding differences in the printed form of the character than the written form, and I'm not sure which one to use. For example, in 窗, the typed character sometimes contains legs 儿, but the ...
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What is the difference between 打算 (dǎ suàn) and 计划 (jì huà)

Are 打算 (dǎ suàn) and 计划 (jì huà) both synonyms for "plan," or are there some additional nuances here?
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几 in declarative and interrogative sentence

几 has two meanings: "several" and "how many?" But I have no clear understanding of separation one from another. E.g.: 后面有几个人笑起来了. - declarative 你家有几口人? - interrogative I know ...
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In the simplest way what's the difference between 对不起 and 对不起嘛?

I was watching a Taiwanese's drama. In the beginning of the first scene the young women was laughing and saying 对不起嘛. I know that 对不起 mean sorry. I heard of 嘛 being used in 在干嘛. I am learning mandarin ...
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2 word (Mainland) versus 3 word (Hong Kong) Chinese names

I simply want to know why Chinese names from Mainland China are only two words (they can be 2 or 3 syllables) when written in their romanised or pinyin form). Meanwhile almost all Hong Kong names I ...
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至多,最多,顶多 … what's the difference?

Is there any difference in meaning? Usage or formailty or common colocations? I know that 顶多 is more colloquial but I don't know if it's more common in normal speech and I don't know any other ...
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What is the difference between 嫐 and 嬲?

According to mdbg.net, both characters have a meaning of "to tease": 嬲 to tease / to disturb 嫐 to tease / to play around with Are both of them primarily used as synonyms for "tease"? Or are they ...
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What is the difference between 乘 and 坐?

I'm confused about how or when to use 乘 and 坐 when discussing vehicles. It seems like you can say: 坐火车 or 乘火车 坐巴士 or 乘巴士 坐出租车 or 乘出租车 If these are interchangeable, what is the difference between the ...
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What's the difference between “博物馆长” and “博物馆馆长”?

I want to say "museum curator". "museum" is "博物馆", while "curator" is "馆长". So it should be "博物馆馆长". However I heard someone say "博物馆长", ignoring the repeated word. Is that a correct term? What's the ...
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What is the difference between 賺錢 and 掙錢?

Today I went to a language exchange and a nice lady from Beijing told me to use 掙錢 instead of 賺錢。 I asked whether the latter was 口語 and she replied 賺錢 was something one said “just like that”. So now I ...
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The Phrase 朋友 vs 朋友们

Since Chinese nouns can be both singular and plural depending on context (i.e. 牙齿), what is the difference between 朋友 and 朋友们. Example: 我有很多朋友 我给我的朋友们说 我给我的朋友说
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How is 堪 different from other auxiliary verbs?

I just learned 堪 on the following sentence: 这种损伤是长期,可能无法逆转的损伤,对身体的危害堪比心脏病发作。 I extracted the relevant part only but this sentence talks about 心醉. The auxiliary verbs to express "may" that I have ...
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What's the difference between 我是老师 or 我当老师?

Sometimes when I take a 滴滴打车 taxi to the university campus, the driver asks me if I'm a student, and I reply something along the lines of: 我是老师 I'm a teacher Wǒ shì lǎoshī As far as I can tell,...
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Any difference between 发蒙 and 上学 for children?

Sometimes the words 发蒙 and 上学 can be seen together as a single phrase: 发蒙上学. Working with the topolectical words 穿牛鼻子 one defintion says: 喻指小孩到学校读书 while another says: 比喻儿童发蒙 Is there any, ...
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What's the difference between 表明 (biǎomíng) and 清楚地表明 (qīngchǔ dì biǎomíng)?

A Jukuu.com example sentence: 图14.34清楚地表明了这一点。 Figure 14.34 illustrates this point rather nicely. Tú 14.34 qīngchǔ dì biǎomíngle zhè yīdiǎn. Breaking this apart: 图14.34 (tú 14.34) = Figure ...
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Is there any difference between 重大 VS 重点 (used as adj.)?

Is there any difference between 重大 VS 重点 when they are used as adjective? Or is it just a thing to remember: this time use 重大 and that time use 重点: 重大事件 (and 重点事件?) 重大进展 (and 重点进展?) 重点工程 (and 重大工程? - ...
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Is there a difference between 型態 and 形態?

Both appear in my dictionary (CC loaded by pleco). The first definition reads: “Form, shape, type, style, pattern”. No examples. The second reads: “Form, shape, pattern, morphology”. One example: ...
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What is the difference between 于 and 以 to express “a certain time” or “a fixed date”?

I learned that 以 can also function to mean "a certain time" or "a fixed date", for example: 我以三月一日返。 However, I also know that 于 can work in the same purpose, for example: 生于上海 ...
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What is the difference beteween 并 and 和 in sentence (S. V. and V.)?

What is the difference beteween 并 and 和 in sentence (S. V. and V.)? Which one is correct. E.g.: 我们在一起跑步(并/和)参加了铁人三项赛
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Why is it 高考那天, not 高考的天?

In the following sentence: 高考那天,我紧张极了。 I understand the meaning. But I don't understand why 那天 is used in such a way. So why is it 高考那天, not something like 高考之天 or 高考的天 (the "of" equivalent in ...
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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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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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Is there a distinction between 怎样 (zěnyàng) and 怎么样 (zěnmeyàng)?

Question: Is there a distinction between 怎样 (zěnyàng) and 怎么样 (zěnmeyàng)? At first, 怎样 seems like a shortened version of 怎么样. However, let's look at some Jukuu.com examples for 怎样: 你知道怎样处理这个问题吗? Do ...
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What is the difference between 降水 and 增水?

As a regular listener of car radio, I notice that in recent weather reports of the national radio of China, a new phrase 增水 is used to describe the rainfall, e.g., 台风卡努将会为海南带来100毫米增水, but if it was in ...
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What is the difference among many “if” words?

In Mandarin, there are too many words to express "if". Here is a brief list of such words, as far as I recall: 如果 如 假如 只要 即便 要说 Some words such as 尽管 have different meanings, such as "although". In ...
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What is the difference between 目前 and 现在?

Is there any difference between 目前 and 现在 in Mandarin? Especially regarding the use with the tense, such as "these days" vs "recently" in English? I just found a sentence of the following: ”银座养蜂项目“...
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黑 and 乌 talking about colours

When talking about colours both 乌 and 黑 seem to mean "black", what is the difference between them? ex. there is 乌龙茶 but there is also 黑龙江, both 乌龙 and 黑龙 mean "black dragon".
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Is there a distinction between 我们决定早动身 and 我们决定早些出发 which mean “we decided on an early start”?

One jukuu.com example sentence: 我们决定早动身 We determined on an early start (Wǒmen juédìng zǎo dòngshēn) This breaks up into: 我们 = we, 决定 = to decide, 早 = early, 动身 = to leave. Another jukuu.com ...
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都 vs 也 in “连。。。都/也” structure

I would like to learn when to use 都 and when to use 也 in the 连。。。都/也 structure. My current understanding is that 都 is often used for positive sentences whereas 也 is generally used for negative ...
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What's the difference between 拍照 (pāizhào) and 照相 (zhàoxiàng) which both mean “to take a photo”?

These two words seem very similar: 拍照 (pāizhào) = "to take a picture" (dict.cn) or "take a photograph (pt took) (pp taken)" (Collins) 照相 (zhàoxiàng) = "take a photograph" (dict.cn) or "take a picture ...

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