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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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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 来信于十五日收到。 ...
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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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What's the difference between 集中 and 专心

Both of them refer to "to focus on" or "to concentrate". I know that if you want to specifically refer to something inanimate being concentrated in something, then you would use 集中, ex. 酒吧集中在那个地方. ...
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Ways to write “strength”

What is the difference in writing strength as 力 or 力量 ? I have seen it both ways and am not sure of the difference.
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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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What's the difference between 蓓 (bèi) and 萌 (méng), both nouns that mean “bud”?

蓓 n. bud (part of 蓓蕾 (bèilěi)) 萌 n. bud; vt. sprout, germinate (part of 萌芽 (méngyá)) I asked a student (who happens to have the name 萌) if 蓓 and 萌 are the same, but she said they're different. I'm ...
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Various uses of the English “for” to indicate purpose

The sentences below all use the word "for" to indicate purpose. I tried to think of a few sentences that may use "for" a little bit differently. Can you help me understand how to use "for" in Chinese? ...
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Difference between the verbs 轮 and 轮流 (meaning to take turns)

In HSK 5, lesson 1, the word '轮' is part of the word list, with the translation: 'v. to take turns'. In lesson 3, the word '轮流' is part of the word list, again with the translation: 'v. to take turns'....
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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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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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Difference between 傍晚 and 晚上 and their etymology

As in the title. Are there any cases when these two are interchangeable? If yes, when? What are the nuances that distinguish them? It would be great if one can tackle the etymology of the two.
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What is the difference in usage between 势必, 必定 and 必然?

势必 be bound to; certainly will 必定 to be bound to; to be sure to 必然 inevitable; certain; necessity
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What is the difference between 情势, 局势, 形势, 情形, 情况 and 状况?

< 情势 situation; trend of events; circumstances: 局势 situation; state (of affairs) 形势 situation; circumstance; condition; state of affairs > < 情形 circumstances; situation 情况 circumstances; ...
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Differences between 喜欢, 要, and 想? [duplicate]

Could someone explain to explain me the difference between the three verbs 喜欢 (xihuan), 要 (yao), and 想 (xiang)? 我喜欢喝一杯啤酒。 (wo xihuan he yi bei pi jiu) 我要喝一杯啤酒。 (wo yao he yi bei pi jiu) 我想喝一杯啤酒。 (wo ...
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产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. What's the difference?

产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. I think the 3 of them means enterprise. What's the difference between them?
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What is the difference between 实质 and 本质?

I looked up a dictionary and 实质 and 本质 are all translated as "essence" or "core". Anyone who can explain the difference?
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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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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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What's the difference between 大哥 and 大哥哥?

I know them both means big bother. Though there are differences somehow. 小明,谢谢这位给你让座的大哥哥。
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遮 versus 捂 versus 盖 in terms of usage

Let's say I want to cover my ears. Is it 捂住耳朵, 遮住耳朵 or 盖住耳朵? And then if I want to say cover up a situation, is it 遮住事情 or 遮盖事情?
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Difference between words that mean “take by force”: 抢 and 夺

They are defined in a similar way. What is the difference in usage?
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What is the difference between words that mean “to throw”: 摔, 扔, 投

They seem to be defined identically in this usage case (though 摔 has other meanings). Is there any difference in usage?
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why 对 and not 关于?

In an Essay I wrote: 费先生关于「焉有稼」所说的仿佛有道理。这样的观念让上者成为了「五谷不分」的人。但他关于孟夫子写的略有偏见 My teacher corrected the second (bold) 关于 to 对。 Is this presumably to avoid repetition, or are there subtleties creating a ...
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忍耐 vs 忍受 usage/difference

Based on the dictionary, 忍耐 = endure, bear with, restraint oneself while 忍受 = bear, endure. But when I look at sample sentences, the usage of both words sort of overlap each other. So how do I use ...
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倔强 vs 固执 vs 顽固 usage

The dictionary says that 倔强 = stubborn, 固执 = stubborn, 顽固 =obstinate, stubborn. I looked up some sample sentences and felt like 倔强 and 固执 are synonyms. So are 倔强 and 固执 synonyms or do they have some ...
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Substance in Chinese

I'm working through some material. I'm coming from an English/Latin perspective towards understanding this. Looking at the following translations 材料 - material - cáiliào 物料 - materials - wùliào Is ...
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What is the difference between 安排 and 布置

Both mean "organize" but is there any different between these two words?
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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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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's the difference between 懒惰 and 懒?

What's the difference in the usage between 懒惰 and 懒? Both can be translated as "lazy".
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Is there a difference between 患者 and 病人?

Both 患者 and 病人 can mean patient. When would you prefer one over the other?
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Is there any difference between 制定, 制订 and 拟定?

制订 work (map) out; formulate; draw up; evolve 制定 lay down; draw up; formulate; draft; establish; enact; work out 拟定 to draw up; to draft; to formulate Would it be correct to say that 制定 is when you ...
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What is the difference between 缩减 and 削减?

缩减: reduce; cut; run-down; decrement; economization; reduction; reducing; diminution; lessening; impansion: 削减: cut (down); reduce; slash; whittle down:
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Distinction between 水果 and 果?

On a certain website, the translation for fruit is 水果, but later on it tells me that it is also 果. What is the distinction?
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Difference between 两 and 二? [duplicate]

I know both mean "two," but what differentiates the two? If there is a difference, when do I use 两 and when do I use 二?
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Difference between 不得不, 不免 and 必然?

All of these words mean must or inevitable, but is there a difference between them?
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What's the difference between “击毙”, “枪毙”,“击中”,and “用枪杀?” [closed]

What's the difference between "击毙", "枪毙","击中",and "用枪杀?" Can they be used interchangeably or is there a minor difference?
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敢于 vs 勇于 difference in usage

may I ask if 敢于 and 勇于 are interchangeable words? In English, both of them mean dare to, have the courage to do something. I looked up some sentences involving both words and it seems to be used in a ...
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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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What is the difference between 哥 and 哥哥? [duplicate]

I just looked up the meaning of 欧尼 (a Korean word) on Baidu baiku. On the page it showed the following: 注:欧尼只是日语哥的意思 而不是哥哥 哥哥在日语中的发音是欧尼酱 If I understand it correctly, it means: 欧尼 only means "哥"...
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Difference between 顾客, 客, 客户 and 客人

As in the title what is the difference in word usage/meaning between the following fours words: 客 顾客 客户 客人 ?
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Chinese traditional singing

To my American ears, traditional high pitched Chinese singing sounds strange. Also, in the movie 活着 when the protagonist Fugui sings in his puppet troupe he sounds so weird/funny to me, but it doesn't ...
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Difference between 冲昏 and 抓狂?

It seems like both of them refer to going crazy because of something. Ex. 别被她冲昏了头脑 Ex. 你让我快抓狂 Can someone please help me differentiate when you would use which? Thanks
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To see, to watch, to meet - 看 vs 见 vs 看见 [duplicate]

I've seen 看 used on its own, 见 used on its own, and 看见 used together. My understanding: 看 means "to see" or "to watch", objects are typically inanimate (i.e. not people) 见 means "to see" or "to ...
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What is the difference in use between 迷失, 迷路, 走失 and 迷途?

All of the words are defined as "to lose one's way".
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What's the difference between 许多 and 很多? [duplicate]

What's the difference between 许多 and 很多? I have learned that 许多 can't be used as predicate yet in this sentence it seems to have a predicative function 他觉得妻子虽然老了许多 但仍很美丽
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What's the difference between 礼仪,惯例,规矩?

In a section of my textbook I recently covered, I came across 3 vocabulary words that are very similar and I'm not sure how and when to use each. From what I understand: 礼仪: protocol/etiquette. The ...
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Chinese language?

There are three articles in Wikipedia that disturb me. Chinese language Mandarin Chinese Sinitic languages Let's think about this for a moment. Mandarin Chinese is the official variety ...