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Differentiating

The following structures that are used to differentiate between objects in Chinese are organized according to our grammar points by level.


A2 Differentiating

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Measure words with "this" and "that" 这 / 那 + Measure Word (+ Noun) 人。这 水。


B2 Differentiating

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing the only two possibilities 不是⋯⋯,就是⋯⋯ 不是 成功,就是 失败。
Many types of "not only... but also..." 不但 / 不只 / 不仅⋯⋯,而且 / 还 / 也 ⋯⋯ 不仅 喜欢 吃 中国 菜,而且 会 做 几 个 中国 菜!
Name-calling with "zhege" Noun + 这个 + Category 这个 坏蛋,就 没 做 过 一 件 好 事。
The "however" adverb "que" ⋯⋯,却⋯⋯ 他们 一见钟情 , 没有 在 一起 。
Using "er" to explain contrasting ideas Sentence 1, + 而 + Sentence 2 以后 后悔 的 人 不 是 我, 是 你 自己。