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On the day: Difference between 每到教师节 and 每到教师节这一天

What is the significance of the 这一天 in the longer version? 每到教师节,... 每到教师节这一天,...
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What is the difference between 因为 and 应为?

They are pronounced similarly and are both translated into "because". What is the difference in their meaning? When should I use one over the other?
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Why is there multiple ways to say the same thing in Chinese such as 等, 等下, 等一下?

I'm confused about some words in Chinese, it seems like most of the time there are multiple ways to say the same word by adding some "basic particles" around it. Like: 等, 等下, 等一下 To an online ...
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Difference between 换钱 and 挽钱

My take is that 挽钱 (wǎn qián ) would mean to withdraw money from an ATM and 换钱 (huàn qián) to change money ... or am I mistaken?a
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What's the difference between 入(root) and 人 (men)

http://zhongwen.com/d/164/x74.htm This character looks like 人 alot. That website says that it's the character of roots descending into earth I search for root in mgdb and can't find it. I search ...
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Is there any distinction between 二倍 and 两倍?

Both 二倍 and 两倍 mean "double". I'm wondering if there's any distinction between the two, e.g. with respect to grammar, or when to use which. (There is ordinarily a difference in usage between 二 and 两....
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Differences between words that tell time: 时间 vs. 时候, and 点 vs. 小时

What are the difference between 时间 and 时候. They both means time as far as I know Also, what are the difference between 点 and 小时 which both means hour And can you give some examples?
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What's the difference between 应急出口 (yìngjí chūkǒu) and 安全出口 (ānquán chūkǒu) which both mean “emergency exit”?

Generally I see 应急出口 yìngjí chūkǒu indicating an emergency exit on a bus, whereas I see 安全出口 ānquán chūkǒu indicating an emergency exit in a building. I'm not clear on the difference ...
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What is the Difference Between 讲解 and 解释?

I've seen both of them used as "to explain" or "to interpret", but I am not sure if there are differences in connotation or anything else?
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What's the difference between 校园 (meaning “campus”) and 校院? Is 校院 incorrect?

It seems like 校院 is infrequently used, while 校园 is normal. I'm not sure if this is because 校院 is incorrect, or because it's less common. It's possible to find examples of 校院 being used online, e.g. ...
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Are there distinctions between the various terms for “Confucius” (孔子, 孔丘, 仲尼)?

There seems to be at least three ways of saying "Confucius" in Chinese: 孔子 (Kǒngzǐ) 孔丘 (Kǒngqiū) 仲尼 (Zhòngní) with some variants: 字仲尼 (Zì Zhòngní) 孔仲尼 (Kǒng Zhòngní) (There's possibly more I'm ...
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Is there a difference between “这里 的 天气跟 我 老家 一样”, and “这里 的 天气跟 我 老家 的 一样”

In short, when to, and when not to, repeat the possessive "的“ after a comparative '和/跟' or '比' . Thanks!
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The use of '的', please explain to me what is the difference between '自由翱翔' and '自由的翱翔'?

Are the literal translations of the two phrases the same? If they have the same meaning, why would people use '的' in a phrase like this? Would it make a phrase more polite or beautiful?
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when do I use 东西 instead of 件事 to express “something”

From what I've seen 东西 is used when talking about food. Are there any other times where you use it instead of 件事? Examples: 我想吃一点东西。 我告诉你一件事。
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What's the difference between 之间 and 中间?

之间 means between (no more than 2), so these are acceptable: 我和他之间 我们之间 (between us two) Not acceptable: 学生们之间 中间 means among (more than 2), so this is acceptable: 学生们之间 And this isn't: 我和他之间 I'...
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What is the difference in use between 以及 and 还有

So,I've recently seen the term 以及 used a number of times in written text. For example, in a short story by 叮咛 I read " 这位总统为国家、政府以及人民贡献了所有的力量,人们很尊敬他。". Another chinese stack exchange answer asked ...
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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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What is the difference between 锋利, 尖利, 锐利, 锋锐,尖锐?

All seem to mean sharp in both a literal and abstract way
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Pinyin “jiu” / “you” final pronunciation difference

In Mandarin should there be any difference between the pronunciation of the pinyin final in "jiu" and the pronunciation of the pinyin whole word "you"?
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When do you use 呢 ?

What is the difference between: 你在哪儿? 你在哪儿呢? Or in general: When do you use ne and what does it indicate apart from "and you? / what about you?"
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What is the difference between 油漆, 涂料 and 油彩 please?

I need some help with something. I am trying to find the word for oil paint. Artist oil paint, like the stuff Winsor & Newton makes. But I can not find the exact word. 油彩 is the closest I can ...
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How to pronounce 翁 in Mainland China and Taiwan?

I ran into a book talking about the difference of pronouncing 翁 in Mainland China and Taiwan differently. But it is still confusing to me. My questions are: What is the difference of pronouncing 翁 in ...
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The difference between 陪 and 跟

The meaning of both 陪 and 跟 is "go with", so are there any differences between them? 我陪你去医院。 我跟你去医院。
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Talking about things in the past - 曾经, 从前,以前

So, I am trying to establish the difference between these words and when you would use one over the other. Here are a few things that I have established so far: only 以前 can be used with a period of ...
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How to state unpleasantness in written form? let becomes make

In English, unpleasantness can be stated by changing let to make. Classmate sharing pleasant things to classmate: My parents let me eat chocolates. 我父母让我吃巧克力 Classmate complaining to classmate: ...
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What's the difference between 受到 and 产生 when used with 影响, 兴趣, etc

So, I'm struggling to see the difference between these two verb-noun collocations. In your opinion, is there are a difference between: 受到影响 and 产生影响 to (be) influenced 受到兴趣 and 产生兴趣 to (become) ...
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The difference between 和谐,和睦 and 融洽?

Anyone can tell me the difference between 和谐,和睦 and 融洽?
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提交给 vs 提交 difference

What's the difference between : 提交给 and 提交? What does 给 indicate when it follows words like 提交, 借, etc.? And should I use 把 whenever I use words like "return", "submit", "hand over", etc.?
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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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What is the difference between 一切, 都 and 全部?

What is the difference between 一切, 都 and 全部? Can you give some examples where the difference would be visible?
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Difference between 小老婆 and 小老太

I have been going to a Chinese restaurant a lot lately, and the owner is a very friendly little old Chinese lady. Should I call her 小老婆 or 小老太? Is it rude to call her 小? Also, I think Chinese are ...
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What is the difference between 广阔,宽阔,宽广 and 辽阔?

They have very similar definitions 广阔 vast; wide; spacious; expansive; extensive; broad: 宽阔 broad; wide; roomy; spacious 宽广 broad; extensive; spacious; vast: 辽阔 vast; extensive
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What is the difference between 紧迫 and 急迫?

紧迫 urgent; pressing; imminent: 急迫 urgent; pressing; imperative I have analyzed many words relating to urgency, but this is the only pair I was not able to distinguish
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What is the difference between a 民國 and a 共和国?

Both refer to a "republic" in English. The obvious comparison is the names of the PRC and Taiwan, but I'm assuming it's the same word for "republic" in other countries, e.g. how Singapore is known as ...
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Recovery; difference between 恢复 and 康复

When referring to a human being recovering from some illness/condition, does 恢复 or 康复 imply that the person is still in the process of recovery? Does 恢复 or 康复 imply that the person has fully ...
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What is the difference between 款式 and 格式

I know both of them mean "style", but don't know the difference between the two words. Can somebody tell me the difference? I would appreciate it
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What's the difference between 下巴 and 頷?

chin seems to be translated as both 下巴 and 頷. Is there absolutely no difference? Is one more common than the other? I find it strange that there are two translations for so many words in Chinese, ...
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一片空地 and 一片草原 - what's the difference/relation

Can anyone explain what the difference or relation between 一片空地 and 一片草原 might be? Are these two expressions the same?
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When to use 很 vs 非常?

What is the difference between using 很 and 非常? For example: 猫和狗都非常可爱 and 猫和狗都很可爱。Is there any difference? Which one should I use with 漂亮?
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When can 要 replace 需要?

In an answer to the post 要 to indicate "will [verb]" vs "need", it is argued that 要;yào;want to, need to, going to is actually the short form of either 需要;xūyào;to need, to want ...
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Understanding 照相 and 照片

I am having some confusion about 照相 and 照片. In my Chinese lesson they introduced them: 照片 Zhào piàn (noun) photo 照相 Zhào xiàng (verb) to take a picture They also showed this example: 我照了几百张照片。 I ...
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what is the difference between 覆盆子 and 树莓?

As the title says what is the difference between 覆盆子 and 树莓? It feels like 覆盆子 is more formal / "fancier" than 树莓? Or is it just traditional characters vs simplified?
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Don't both 關心 and 在意 mean the same thing?

I recently learned a sentence: 大家都和關心也很在意這件事 However, don't both 關心 and 在意 mean the same thing -- to care about? Is there a difference?
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What's the difference between 懲處 and 懲罰?

I recently learned two similar words that seem to mean "to punish." What's the difference?
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How to distinguish between homophone words 再 and 在 zài

I wonder how one can distinguish in an oral conversation between homophone words: 再 and 在, as both have the same pronunciation zài. For example, in the sentence Wǒ zài kàn diànyǐng. how one can ...
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形式,样式 and 方式 - appearance, style, form, shape…?

In terms of the appearance of something, there a lot of HSK5 words that are very similar. Here are four and the definitions I've found thus far. 表面 - 1. surface (tangible, 方面 is intangible), 2. ...
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How to distinguish between 为 and 给 when both means “for”

Both 给 and 为 can mean "for." Both can be used with verbs to express an action done for anyone. So how can I distinguish? Please make it clear. Thank you so much.
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How do we distinguish a bopomofo symbol from a similar character?

For example, 丫 is a character while ㄚ is a bopomofo symbol. I find it very difficult to tell the difference (especially if they are hand-written), unless from the context. Other examples: 幺andㄠ; ...
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When to Add 了 in the 太…了 Structure

The grammar structure for expressing too much is 太.....了according to my grammar book. And to express anymore... Eg. I don't like you anymore. I don't live there anymore. ...You also use 了 at ...
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之后 vs 过后 usage & differences

Based on the dictionary, 之后 = after, afterwards while 过后 = afterwards, after. I wanted to find the difference in usage between those two words, so I analysed some sample sentences. I feel like 过后 is ...