alternate words for television?
I come across the word television as both 电视(电视机(
johnbOctober 11, 2010, 06:22 AM
电视 is 'television' in general, whereas 电视机 is 'television set' specifically. If you're talking about the machine itself, you should use 电视机 (i.e., 电视机坏了), but otherwise you should use 电视.
meirOctober 12, 2010, 01:17 AM
So , if I want to talk about what is on "television " tonight, I would use 电视? and if I wanted to say my television set is not working properly I would use 电视机?
Yes, if you want to talk about what is on "television " tonight, you can use 电视. If you wanted to say your television set is not working, 电视 and 电视机 are both OK.
我想看电视。Wǒ xiǎng kàn diànshì.
今天有什么电视节目。Jīntiān yǒu shénme diànshì jiémù.
我的电视机（电视）坏了。Wǒ de diànshìjī（diànshì）huài le.
我想买电视机（电视）。Wǒ xiǎng mǎi diànshìjī （diànshì）.