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What is the difference between 举行 and 举办?

What is the difference between "举行" and "举办"? Both of them have the meaning of 'holding / organizing an event", but do they have any difference?
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“同儕” vs “同僚” vs “同事”

I know that 同事 means colleague, but I have seen 同儕 and 同僚 used in similar context. Below are random examples of each I found on google: 在同儕關係中彼此地位平等、較能相互學習。 由於他過度地自負,同僚們不喜歡他。 Are these words ...
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How to spot (if possible) if a final 了 is part of an omitted 要 in a 要…了 construction or simply a past information?

There are some examples of sentence 了 that indicate future action which (seems to) have a 要 omitted: 我(要)走了,拜! - I am going to leave, bye! I know context usually helps with the issue of time and, ...
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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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Verb used to deny age

When talking about age we don't use any verbs, for example: 我二十岁。 What about when you need to deny someone's age? Do we use 不是 or 没有? 我不是二十岁。 or 我没有二十岁。 Thanks
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What is the difference between 撒谎 and 说谎?

As far as I know, 撒谎 and 说谎 have the same meaning of "telling a lie". Is there a difference between them?
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“便利商店” (biànlì shāngdiàn) vs “便利店” (biànlì diàn)

Earlier when I was in China I learned "便利店" (biànlì diàn) to mean "convenience store". I think from looking it up in the English Wiktionary. But now that I'm in Taiwan when I used it people didn't ...
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Difference between 佈 and 布

Can anyone help me clarify the difference between 佈 and 布? If I'm not mistaken, this is only relevant for traditional characters since 佈 has been simplified to 布. A dictionary lookup for 佈 shows that ...
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Difference between 诚实 and 老实 (and possibly 天真)

诚实 (HSK 4) has the meaning 'honest', just like 老实 (HSK 5), which also carries the meaning of 'honest'. I would like to know what the difference between these two words is when they mean 'honest'. I'...
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Is there any difference between 冰淇淋 and 冰激凌

In what contexts are both used to mean ice-cream? Is one used in more formal occasions?
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Is there a difference between 有趣 and 有意思?

They seem to mean the same thing, but I've seen 有意思 quite a few times in my books, and never 有趣. When is 有趣 used and why (especially in comparison with 有意思)?
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What is the difference between 本来 and 原来?

I was learning in a Mandarin class and I was kind of stumped on the use of "本来" and "原来" when filling in the blanks in a sentence. Here's my attempt to these questions (taken from 汉语口语速成: 基础篇 pp. 91-...
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Meaning and use of ideograms around “language” : 说,话,语

I just arrived in this warm community and am glad to find a stackexchange about Chinese language. I merely began to learning Chinese and find it really exciting, yet many of uses and conventions are ...
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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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Difference between 资料库 and 数据库

Recently, I've come upon two words to say "database" - 资料库 and 数据库. What is the main difference between two? Which one is used in the context of programming? Thanks for the help!
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Clarification on 师 meaning

I am trying to learn some vocabulary thanks to memrise.com. In the word list, 师 is mentionned two times, once meaning "teacher"(pinyin: shi1), the second one as an adjective meaning "handsome, smart" ...
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What is the difference between 听到、听过 and 听说?

There are 3 听 (hear or listen to). What is the difference between 听到, 听过, and 听说?
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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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香皂 vs. 肥皂: What's the difference?

香皂 KEY scented soap, toilet soap 肥皂 KEY soap What's difference though?
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Is 帮忙 and 帮助 interchangeable?

I looked up in the dictionary, 帮 means help, and 忙 means busy while 助 also means help, so is 帮忙 (help busy) and 帮助(help help) interchangeable? Or what is the subtle difference between them? Thanks!
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differences between: 过来, 起来, 下来

i encountered this multiple choice question: 这件事情说__________简单,做__________难 Where among the choices there are: 过来,起来,下来。 I always thought that their meaning was the same, but in this case the right ...
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What is the difference between 群 and 羣?

As titled. They seem to be made up of the same two components: 羊 and 君. As such, are they interchangeable? Or do they have different usage regardless?
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When to use 我是 vs 我在

In my Chinese class notes these two sentences appear: 我是南非人 and 我在看节目 Why does the one use 我是 and the other 我在? Is there a rule/guidelines to help me decide which one to use? Thanks, Jaco
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What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常?

What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常? Or do they have the same meaning?
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What’s the difference between a jianli 简历 and a lülibiao 履历表?

The terms jianli 简历 and lülibiao 履历表 are both translated as CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé in English, but what’s the difference between them? This question has previously been asked on Baidu Zhidao,...
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What is the difference between 抽烟 (chōu yān) and 吸烟 (xī yān) which both pertain to smoking?

Question: What is the difference between 抽烟 (chōu yān) and 吸烟 (xī yān) which both pertain to smoking? I‘ve ordinarily asked people 你抽烟吗 (nǐ chōu yān ma = "do you smoke?") for which nobody has ...
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Difference and usage of 听看,听见,听到?

What's the difference between 听看,听见,听到? I heard someone use 听看 in reference to a song they would listen to? Does 听看 have a similar meaning to 看看 in that it means to have a quick look/listen?
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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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Formality of “悲哀” as opposed to “悲傷” and “哀傷”

From what I have learned, or I remember I have learned, 悲哀, 悲傷, and 哀傷 all mean sadness and are interchangeable. However, as I remember, I have read 悲傷 and 哀傷 in academic/professional writings, but ...
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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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Could you please explain me a difference

I am writing one project about an aspect in Chinese, but I have some difficulties in the Chinese variant of Continuous. Could you please explain me a difference between the meaning of there 3 ...
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What is the difference between 由于 and 因为?

What is the difference between "由于" and "因为"? For example, what is the difference between 由于今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。 and 因为今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。
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Difference between 孩子 and 儿童 (and 孩童,少儿,…)

There are several words that mean "child" in Chinese, e.g. 孩子, 儿童 and a few others. When can they be used interchangeably and when not? For example: The children are playing: 孩子们在玩呢 or 儿童们在玩呢 or both ...
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Difference between 生气 and 愤怒

I can't find the difference between 生气 and 愤怒. Oxford Dictionary says angry means 生气, but I found 愤怒 in the online dictionary. Both have more than 20 million hits on Google, both have pictures of ...
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So when should I use 旅舍,旅社,宾馆,酒店, or 旅馆?

I've heard or seen all of them in real life situations, some of them seem to be exclusively for hostels, others only for larger hotels, but some verification would be nice.
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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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Difference between 學習 and 學 [duplicate]

I used Google Translate to translate "learn" to Chinese, and the first result was: 學習 I noted that another suggested option was: 學 So, I wonder: what's the difference between the two results?
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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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What is the difference between 回答 and 答复?

According to 现代汉语词典: 答复 回答问题或要求 对问题或要求做出的回答 回答 对提出的问题、要求给予解答或表示意见 对提出的问题、要求所作出的答复 For me both seem to be practically the same. One uses the other in its explanation. At least for ...
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The difference between 皇帝 and 皇上

I'm reading a book in which the author used both 皇帝 and 皇上 to say 'The Emperor'. I'm a bit confused about why the author would use two words (that according to my knowledge have the same meaning) to ...
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What's the difference between 可 and 可以?

I've seen threads for 可以 as opposed to 会 and 能, but what about 可以 with its component, 可? Wiktionary seems to use them interchangeably: 白银可以指:银,贵金属,用做货币时可称为白银 Is there a difference in nuance, or flow ...
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Comparing 朝 vs. 向 vs. 往

In talking about physical/geographical directions, I'm pretty comfortable using 朝 and 向 and 往 for the meaning of "to" or "toward". But I would be hard put to describe to a Chinese language learner any ...
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Difference between 品格 / 品质 / 人品 / 人格 / 素质?

I have seen 品格,品质,人品,人格,素质 all defined as moral quality or character, though I'm guessing there's more nuance in the way they are used. Are these words interchangeable or do they describe different ...
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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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Differences between 征, 伐, 讨, 侵, 袭?

These characters all mean "to attack" or "to invade", but what are the differences between them? When should one be used and not the others?
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What's the difference between 秒钟 and 秒?

Both of them seem to mean a second, according to both wiktionary and linedict. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/秒钟#Chinese https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/秒 http://ce.linedict.com/dict.html#/cnen/...
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What's the difference between 称赞, 表扬 and 夸奖?

They all have a meaning of "praise", but do they have a difference?
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“不应” vs. “不该”: Which is used in formal writing?

Recently I've been writing "should not" in Chinese a lot. But, I've been confused. What is the difference between "不该“ and "不应“? Are they both used? For example, I know we can say 对不起,我不该说那么难听的话。 ...
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Is there a distinction between 禁止 (jìnzhǐ) and 严禁 (yánjìn), which both mean “forbid”?

I see both 禁止 (jìnzhǐ) and 严禁 (yánjìn) being used to mean "forbid", and I don't really understand what the difference is between them. Question: Is there a distinction between 禁止 (jìnzhǐ) and 严禁 (...
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What is the difference between 他, 它, and 她

What is the difference between 他, 她, and 它? I want to know when you use one and when not to. It seems pretty basic language because I hear 他, 她, and 它 everywhere in Chinese language. Anything else ...