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What's the difference between 部件, 零件, and 配件?

What's the difference between 部件, 零件, and 配件? I'm trying to translate the English sentence "Manage parts & accessories retail operations" and am having difficulty finding the right words for "...
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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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一趟 vs 一次、is there any difference?

Under the entry 趟 my dictionary says: For round trip For single train trip Does this mean, when I see this word I must assume the speaker went back and forth, except when he went by ...
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Forming sentences with resultative and directional complements

When studying Chinese, I've often found that there are different ways to say the same thing, for example using a verb with a directional complement rather than a verb with resultative complement or a ...
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Differences Between Classes of *过 Verbs ( 通过, 经过, 透过, 穿过, etc. )

Original Question Although 通过 is the goto expression for passage through or across a space in informal, spoken Mandarin, there are specific alternatives used in more formal, spoken Mandarin as well ...
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What is the difference between 依偎 and 偎傍?

I looked them up and they both have relatively the same meaning. So what's the difference between the two?
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What is the difference between using 叫 and 叫做 ?

I understand for the most part, (perhaps not as a causative word like shi, rang, bei etc ENTIRELY..) how to use 叫 and when trying to see the difference between 叫 and 称为  , I noticed that people ...
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凭, 按, 根据, 依据, 依照, and 按照 how to use these words correctly?

All of these words mean "According to", but I'm wondering are there any different in use. For example, some of them might only be used as adj. or adv.; some of them might have other meanings.
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Difference between 只,之, and 支?

I'm a native speaker but I don't know the first thing about writing Chinese, on Rosetta stone we were shown 一支笔 and 一只狗, whats the difference and where and when do you use each one?
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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: 帘 vs. 帷?

Came across the character 帷 for the first time the other day, in the word 窗帷. Oxford, KEY and Adstrotrans define 帷, simply, as: curtain ABC and A Chinese-English Dictionary define it as a: bed-...
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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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Is there a distinction between 空港 (kōnggǎng) and 机场 (jīchǎng) which both mean airport?

At Guangzhou airport recently, I noticed that 空港 (kōnggǎng = literally "air port") was being used to mean airport. I'm familiar with 机场 (jīchǎng) being used for airport. Question: Is there a ...
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What is the difference between 汉语 and 普通话?

I've seen them used interchangeably, but I was wondering if there is a significant difference.
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洗发剂 and 洗发水 difference

Even though my dictionary regards them both as a shampoo, I wonder if 洗发剂 is more a conditioner for the hair and 洗发水 more a regular watery shampoo? Is there a difference? Thank you.
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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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Difference between 元宵节 and 灯节?

Is there a difference between the expressions 元宵节 and 灯节, or are they exactly the same?
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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 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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Is there a difference between 买 (mǎi), 购 (gòu), and 购买 (gòumǎi) which mean “to buy”?

I'm trying to parse this sign I saw at Beijing airport when catching the bus to Tianjin. The sign indicates where to buy the bus ticket. 清您先到13号门内省际购票厅购票 The hanzi 购 is confusing me. I'm now ...
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不比 vs 没有 comparison usage

If my understanding is correct, then: 他没有我高。= he's not as tall as me, i.e. he is shorter. 他不比我高。= he's either as tall as me or shorter, i.e. he's at most as tall as me. Is that correct? If so, in ...
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What is the difference between 看来, 看起来, and 看出来 ?

Please help, I'm not getting this, 听来我不懂! Could you please use examples in your answer?
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What is the difference between 激动 and 冲动?

What is the difference between "激动" and "冲动"? So for example, what is the difference between: 先别激动,冷静一下。 and 先别冲动,冷静一下。
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What's the difference between 互相 (hùxiāng) and 相互 (xiānghù), both meaning “mutual”?

I learned my early Chinese from ChinesePod, and they talked about 互相 (hùxiāng), but I just learned that 相互 (xiānghù, reversing the characters) also has a similar meaning, namely "each other" or "...
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What is the difference between 真确 and 真实?

Is 真确 and 真实 used in different situations? Do provide some examples on their usage if possible. Thanks!
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The difference between 规范,规则,规章,规矩,规定,规律

After seeing in class these words (规定,规律,规范,规矩,规章), I’m in trouble to recognize the difference between them. I’m aware that some are used for country law, some for rules in society etc but I need a ...
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Meaning of 依 in 大凉山失依孤儿

The phrase in question is a title of an article on news.qq.com. Both 大凉山失依孤儿 and 大凉山失孤儿 translate to "Daliangshan's lost orphans" in Google Translator. Using dictionary was no use as well, since I'm ...
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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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Are the characters for sleep and feel the same?

I am learning Simplified Mandarin using Memrise. I just learned the character 觉, to feel. However, I'm pretty sure I learned earlier that 觉 meant to sleep. Is there a difference between the characters?...
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What is the difference between 看到 and 看过?

I've learned them in Chinese class, but still a bit confused, 看 means see, but what is the difference between 看到 and 看过?
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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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What's the difference between 保育院 and 孤儿院?

Per title. Both describe an institution for children who have no parents. I've looked around on the Internet and asked several people about this, but no one seems to have a definitive answer? Does it ...
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Difference between 消防车 and 救火车

Is there a difference between when to use one or the other? Both translate directly to fire truck.
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What is the difference between 們 and 们 for marking plurals?

I've seen native speakers refer to "we" as both 我们 and 我們, so I was wondering if there's any difference in meaning or when to use one plural marker or the other.
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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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Difference between 的 and 个

Does it make sense to say 我个心? I suppose its meant to be 我的心. I still cannot distinguish when to use it. Maybe it to do with the fact that I am a Cantonese speaker?
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Is 家婆 the term for a woman's “mother in law” in Mandarin too?

In Cantonese, a woman would call her mother in law her "家婆" or her "奶奶", and address her only as "奶奶". My understanding of the same terms in Mandarin is, a woman would call her mother in law her "婆婆" ...
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What's the difference between 都 and 对?

I've seen these two sentences on Duolingo: 我们都是老师。 (We are all teachers.) 他们对不是美国人。 (None of them are American.) (Not sure if this was exactly the one that I was supposed to translate...) But ...
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If 蓝天 means “blue sky”, does 青天 mean “cyan sky”?

Peole use both 蓝天 and 青天 and I am wondering if there is any difference. While 蓝 means blue, 青 means cyan, right? Why do people say 蓝天白云 often but seldom 青天白云 (though 青天白日 is sometimes used)?
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Is there a distinction between 肉夹馍 (ròujiāmó) and 馍夹肉 (mójiāròu)?

I saw both 肉夹馍 (ròujiāmó) and 馍夹肉 (mójiāròu) being used in Shanxi province (photos below; neighbouring shops, with the same graphic). It seems both refer to the same food item (what's sometimes ...
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Difference between 晃, 摇, 抖, 荡, 摆, 挥, 颤 and 滚

What is the difference between all these waving and shaking verbs? My reseach gave me these results: 滚 - to roll (like a wheel does). 晃 - to rock from left to right (like a wind blowing on the side ...
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What is the difference between 没有+V. and 没+V.?

What is the difference between this two constructions: S + 没有 + V and S + 没 + V E.g. 我没有输 and 我没输 As it was mentioned by @user6065 grammars, e.g. 实用现代汉语语法 make no difference between meaning and ...
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What is the difference between 随手 and 顺便?

These two have the same meaning which is "conveniently" but I'm not sure if there is any difference in using these two.
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Differences between 谁都, 哪儿都, 什么都?

Differences between 谁都, 哪儿都, 什么都? Am I making the following sentences right? Everyone knows what he does on the weekend. 谁都知道他在周末做什么. Everywhere he goes he’s trouble. 他去哪儿都是麻烦. I don’t have ...
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What is the difference between 勺子 and 调羹?

Which word should I use for "spoon", as a noun or as a measure.
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How do you use 附近的 in a sentence? Also, 所有的? [closed]

I am learning Chinese, and I was confused on how to use the previously mentioned phrases in a sentence. Is it possible that someone could put them into a basic sentence so I could get a basic ...
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Difference between 讨厌, 恨, 怨恨, 忌恨, 恶, and 恼恨?

Could you please tell me the difference and how each word is used?
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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'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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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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