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What's the difference between 帐户 and 账户?

账户 is the correct form, and 帐户 is a common typo seen a lot in online services. 账 or 账本 means "books", and 记账 is the action of "accounting". The word 账户 means a "bank account", and is also used as "...
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Why is 两 used for quantities of two rather than 二?

The historical reason behind it is kind of surprising though. From a Chinese Characters Roots book: The earlier form [of the character] looked like a yoke and a pair of saddles of a two-horse ...
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What is the difference between 夜(yè) and 晚 (wǎn)?

Originally, 晚 could be written as 莫 (in ancient form): 艹(草, grass)+ 日 (sun), referring to when the sun is below the grass -- sunset. In modern Chinese, we can understand or memorize it in this way: ...
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Difference of 青 and 黑

青 does not mean black in modern Chinese (likely due to semantic transition). It can mean black in classical Chinese, but that does not mean its meaning is ambiguous either, given the context is ...
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How to say "obscene": translate 下流 or 輕佻?

'Obscene' is not 下流(no class/ bad taste) or 輕佻 (frivolous) One definition of obscene is 不堪入目 , it is used to describe perverted, immoral act or behavior For example: Taking a child from his mother ...
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What is the Difference Between 方法 and 办法?

I don't think you guys are completely understanding it, there is a philosophical difference in the two words. It's possible to 有方法但是没办法. 方法 refers to the general method or way something can be done. 方 ...
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Is there a distinction between 禁止 (jìnzhǐ) and 严禁 (yánjìn), which both mean "forbid"?

严禁 is short for 严格禁止,which means strictly forbid. 禁止 is kinda suggestive,严禁 indicates something is obliged not to do by the rules or law. Actually in everyday use, there is no obvious distinction ...
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What is the difference between 做 and 作?

As an extension to Flake's answer: 做 in most cases do not involve creative activity, in another word, usually do not involve mind work. As in 做工(work), 做饭(cook). 作 in most cases is something creative....
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Is 上下 always interchangeable with 左右?

Mostly,上下 and 左右 have the same mean when you describe something. When you describe something high or low(mostly abstract things,like level), you can use 左右,比如 他的水平很高,有十级左右了。Abstract things usually ...
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Why is 两 used for quantities of two rather than 二?

This might be what you are looking for: http://xh.5156edu.com/html3/1700.html 两, or 兩: 双。用于鞋娄〖two〗 一两棕鞋八尺藤,广陵行遍又金陵。——唐·戴叔伦《忆原上人》 It's used as "pair" along with describing shoes. Noted that ...
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What does “大概” mean? Are there any words with the same meaning?

I think these other answers are more harmful than they are helpful and here's why: none of them have addressed how 大概 is applied in the real context of using the language. Anyone can look up a word in ...
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What is the difference between 做 and 作?

做 sometimes means actual action or acting 作 is for abstracted meanings in fact even many native speakers are not very clear of that
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What is the difference between 比如 and 例如

比如 used for similar but have different things; 例如 used for many of the same things, and take a typical example, using the example to illustrate the general of many things Also, 比如 may not exist, but ...
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Difference among these terms for student clubs: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组?

These words are very similar. 队 and 团 are almost the same. For example, we can call the band that attend competitions either 乐队 or 乐团; we can call a choir either 合唱队 or 合唱团. We also often put these ...
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What is the Difference Between 方法 and 办法?

方法 - Usually we used to express it by giving/request "method" to solve the problems. Example : 你用什么方法去解决? what method do you use to solve it? Example : 我觉得这方法不错? i think this is the good method. 办法 ...
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What is the difference between 夜(yè) and 晚 (wǎn)?

晚 itself means late, and it doesn't mean night, like 晚霞. While 夜晚, 晚上,晚间 mean night. So "beautiful night" is 美丽的夜 or 美丽的夜晚,not 美丽的晚。 However in some words the character 晚 does mean night, that is ...
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What is the difference between 认为 and 以为?

Putting it simple: 认为 - think or consider 以为 - thought or considered (but I was wrong).
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What's the difference between 可 and 可以?

"可" is a morpheme, while "可以" is a word. With the meaning of "be able to", "可" and "可以" are interchangeable in most cases. When we answer a question, we should say "可以", which means "fine", or "OK". ...
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Difference between 生活 and 生命

生活 is life as in "family life/private life/sex life/working life". 生命 is life as in "Cats are supposed to have nine lives/He lost his life in an accident"
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斯 vs 这 vs 此 for the meaning "this"?

斯 is ancient Chinese language usage, and 此 is more used in writing language. 这 is most common nowadays.
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Is there a distinction between 禁止 (jìnzhǐ) and 严禁 (yánjìn), which both mean "forbid"?

It is quite simple, 禁止 = forbid - a formal pronouncement; (a warning) 严禁 = strictly forbid - implies there is a heavy punishment for violation, and it is being enforced earnestly-- (a stern warning) ...
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What is the difference between 人才 and 人材, and which should I use?

They are identical*. As for which one you should use, that is going to be a personal preference. Here's some points which you may take into consideration when deciding (note that, overall, these ...
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如果 synonyms for semi-formal written

There are way more synonyms in Chinese than listed. They are in most cases interchangeable depending on your desired degree of formality: Explanation 如, 若 Originates from classical Chinese; formal. ...
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Comparison of 稻 with 米饭, 白饭 or even 米 and 饭 individually

稻/水稻, known as Asian rice, has a scientific name Oryza sativa since it is a plant: Generally we don't use this word to describe what people eat, unless in a formal context. 世界一半以上的人口以水稻为主食 (OK) ...
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How to distinguish between rat and mouse in Chinese?

To be quite frank, speaking as a Chinese-Australian, everyone I've met insists that rats and mice are the same creatures I don't think the chinese know that the two exist... They just don't ...
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Difference between 如果 and 要是?

The following graphics show some differences in usage of 如果 and 要是: Sources (with Sample Sentences): 1, 2
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What is the difference between 做 and 作?

I have found a topic talking about these two words. It's realy complicated. Url is here: http://xh.5156edu.com/page/z9007m3693j18792.html Hard to translate all.
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Introduction. What's the difference between 介绍, 简介, 入门, 引导, 导语, 导论, 引子?

简介 is actually a short form of 简单介绍, a brief introduction, while 介绍 is introduction. In this way they are interchangable just as they are in english 导语 - 'lead', i.e. the few words you will see at ...
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