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Expressing "rather" with "bijiao"

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The adverb 比较 (bǐjiào) can be used to express "quite," "rather," or "relatively." It's a way of comparing one thing with a general idea instead of comparing two concrete things.

Subj. + 比较 + Adj.


  • 比较 聪明。bǐjiào cōngming.She is rather intelligent.
  • 比较 胖。bǐjiào pàng.You're rather fat.
  • 这件事情 比较 复杂。Zhè jiàn shìqing bǐjiào fùzá.This matter is rather complicated.

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