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“惡” vs “噩” vs “厄”

I have seen these three characters forming the "same" words (I cannot think of a better way to phrase this), such as 惡夢 vs 噩夢 and 惡運 vs 噩運 vs 厄運 As I tried googling for the difference, I ...
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When would one use 临时 versus 及时?

Recently I read the following dialogue: A: 今天有转校生要来吗? B: 听说是这样,好象是临时决定的,所以才没有及时通知我们。 As I was trying to make out what they were saying, I noticed that 临时 and 及时 have similar meanings. The ...
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When native Chinese refer to China, what's the difference between 大陆, 中国 and 中国大陆?

Do they generally mean the same thing? Is one more formal than the other? Both 大陆, 中国 seem to have the same number of hits on Baidu.
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Difference between 也都不 and 也不都

Are they same? 我们也都不是学生 - We also all not are students. 我们也不都是学生 - We also not all are students.
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How formal is 如何 in the context of 最近如何?

I was told by friend who is a native mainland speaker that "最近如何", or anything using "如何" to inquire about the state of a person, is a very ancient/formal way of speaking. This was quite a shock to me&...
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What's the difference between 词典, 辞典, and 字典?

I don't think they are necessarily different kinds of dictionaries, but is there a subtle distinction? Or maybe their etymologies?
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What is the difference between 变成、变化、变得、改变、转变?

There are five 变 here, so what is the difference between 变成、变化、变得、改变、转变?
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What's the difference between 番茄 and 西红柿?

There are 30m more hits on 番茄 in 百度. Search results are pretty much the same for both. Is one version used more in different regions than others?
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How to use 过 and 了? [duplicate]

How to use 过 and 了? What is the difference between them? Are my sentences correct? 今天我学习了汉语。Today I studied Chinese. 我学习过汉语。 I have studied Chinese. 我学习了三个月中文。 I studied Chinese for three months. ...
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A 理解 and 了解 comparison

I know the question regarding the difference has been asked but the answers didn't really help me in the other post. I'm trying to recall what my Chinese teacher once taught me. 理解 is when you can ...
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What are the differences between 香港繁體, 澳門繁體 and 台灣正體?

Wikipedia, as far as I can tell, has three options for what we would probably just call traditional Chinese in English: 香港繁體 澳門繁體 台灣正體 Aside from proportions, shapes, sizes (and 台灣正體's ...
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Is 上下 always interchangeable with 左右?

Example sentence 1: 他的汉语能力已经达到了HSK 11级左右的程度。 Example sentence 2: 他貌似30岁上下年纪。 While 左右 sounds more natural (to me) in 1 and 上下 in 2, we can interchange them and the two sentences would still be ...
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What is the difference between 升, 陞 and 昇?

There are some characters in Chinese which give me severe headaches, especially those that have the same pronunciation and mean more or less the same thing. I have learnt three characters which are ...
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What does 出来 mean in 真看不出来你是外国人?

What does 出来 mean in this sentence? 真看不出来你是外国人 Doesn't 出来 mean "come out of ..."?
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What is the difference between 投诉 and 抱怨?

is there a difference between 投诉 and 抱怨? All I know is that they both mean "complain".
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Is there a difference between 担心 (dānxīn) and 着急 (zháojí)?

They're both verbs, they both have meanings "to worry, to be anxious", they both seem to be able to be used as adjectives also. I just want to know if there's any difference: is one used more in ...
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Accidentally Saying Chinese Swear Words

So I saw a video on youtube about a guys experience in china. He said that people can often accidentally say swear words if they say the tones wrong. Like the word "ma" It can heard as mother but 'ma'...
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What is the difference between 怎么 and 怎么样 ?

What is the difference between 怎么 and 怎么样 ? It seems like both mean something like "how". I also see that 怎么样 is often used to ask someone's opinion on something. In what contexts can 怎么 be used ...
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Is 其他人 any different from 别的人?

I guess the question could also be, is 其他 any different from 别的? Is one any more formal, any more slang, any more rude, anything of the sort, than the other? Or are they essentially the same?
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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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Difference between 别人 and 人家

Looking on Commercial Press' 现代汉语词典 we have the following definitions: 别人 - 人称代词。指自己或某人以外的人:~都同意,就你一人反对 人家 - 人称代词。指自己或某人以外的人;别人:~都不怕,就你怕 So, they are pretty much the same. Are there any subtleties ...
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Difference of 余 and 我

They both mean I。 But I still can't understand the real difference. Also, I want an example sentence. When I use Google Translate and Bing Translator, the result is same.
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Difference: 些 and 有的

A while ago I learned that some was 些 or 一些, but now I've also learned that there is another way to say some, 有的. My teacher didn't go into the difference in class and I forgot to ask her afterwards. ...
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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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What is the difference between 看不起 and 看不上?

The two have very similar meanings and can both be used to mean "detest, despise, look down upon" but there seems to be a subtle difference. According to these entries: 看不起 http://www.zdic.net/c/b/...
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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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Is there a difference between “几点” (jǐ​diǎn) and “什么时候” (shén​me​shí​hou)?

Both "几点" and "什么时候" seem to mean "what time?". Here are two examples that contain "几点" or "什么时候": 我们什么时候开会? (My interpretation: "When is the meeting?") 现在几点? (My interpretation: "What time is it?") ...
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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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Zhuyin (bopomofo) vs Pinyin

I have learnt to use both zhuyin and pinyin for spelling out the pronunciation of a character. As far as I know, the two systems serve the same purpose and are interchangeable in terms of syllables. ...
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Duoshao vs shenme

Is it ok to ask, "Nide dianhua haoma shi shenme?" (What is your telephone number) Or do I have to say, "Nide dianhua haoma shi duoshao?" which is the translation on duolingo. Also, Can I just say, ...
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What distinguishes 各位 (gèwèi) from 大家 (dàjiā)?

From dict.cn: 各位 (gèwèi) = everybody 大家 (dàjiā) = everyone So they seem closely related, but I don't think they're identical. Today is Teacher's Day and messages like "祝各位老师节日快乐" are popping up in ...
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When to use 手 and when to use 家 for a type of musician or other specialist

Is it true that 家("jia")denotes perhaps greater competence or prestige, while 手(“手”) is a slightly less professional specialist? How can one know when to use one rather than the other? Examples: 乐手-...
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What is the difference between 竟然 and 居然?

As I know, 竟然 and 居然 both mean "unexpectedly". Do they have any difference?
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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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What's the difference between 停车 (tíngchē) and 泊车 (bóchē), which both seem to mean “park car”?

I see these two road signs at Nankai University (Jinnan campus), Tianjin: 请勿泊车 = qǐng wù bóchē 禁止停车 = jìnzhǐ tíngchē Both seem to mean "no parking" with: 请勿 meaning "please no ..." and 禁止 ...
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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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去 + Action vs 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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What is the difference in meaning between 应变 and 适应 here?

Is there a difference in meaning between 应变能力 and 适应能力 in this sentence? If so, can you please try to explain it? 公司领导人认为,在未来十年的商战中,最重要的武器是应变能力、适应能力和创新能力。
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Difference between 活 and 住?

I read that both 活 and 住 both refer to the verb "to live". Is there a difference between the two?
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Tree: 树 (shù) vs 木 (mù)

Is there any difference between 树 (shù) and 木 (mù), in the meaning of "tree", or they are interchangeable?
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Does 华裔 mean 'overseas Chinese'?

Is 华裔 a term that means an ethnically Chinese person born and raised abroad? What about 2nd generation? Does it apply to, say, American born Chinese, Chinese-Canadians, Chinese-Australians, Chinese-...
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What distinguishes 教师 (jiàoshī) and 老师 (lǎoshī) which both mean “teacher”?

I just got new ID from Nankai Uni which lists me as 教师 (jiàoshī = teacher). I'm more familiar with the word 老师 (lǎoshī) which also means teacher. What is the difference between 教师 and 老师?
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What's the difference between 快 and 快要?

I started to learn Chinese like one month ago and I'm facing a first misunderstanding. In my book it says that 快 can be used to say "soon" but 快要 is also used to express the same thing. Is there a ...
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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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Difference between 于是 and 所以

What's the difference between 于是 and 所以? How and when are they interchangeable?
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Is there a difference between 復習 and 複習?

Both words have the same pronunciation, and cdict and some other dictionaries list them as variants of each other. I note that when I try to type it on Google Pinyin Chinese IME, 複習 comes up and 復習 ...
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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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How to use 一点儿 and 一下儿?

They both mean "a little bit" according to the dictionary. However, does the meaning both apply in V and Adjective? i.e. V + 一点儿/一下儿 (吃一点儿/吃一下儿,快一点儿/快一下儿) and Adj + 一点儿/一下儿 (美一点儿/美一下儿, 好一点儿,好一下儿) ...
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What is the difference between 突然 and 忽然?

They both have the meaning sudden, but what is a subtle difference between 突然 and 忽然?
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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 ...