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Comparing 'Finally' Using 终于、总算、毕竟

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ID: QW0426 Upper-Intermediate
  In the first ever Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate Qing Wen, we tackle the slightly nuanced difference between the characters 终于 (zhong1yu2), 总算 (zong3suan4) and 毕竟 (bi4jing4). They can all translate as 'In the end" or "finally" but have subtle differences in usage. In today's Qing Wen we give you lots of example sentences so that next time you can use the most appropriate word. Check the Discussion tab at the bottom of the page to see the pop quiz and feel free to leave your answers in the comments.
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总算、终于
zǒngsuàn 、zhōngyú
finally; after all
总算放暑假了!
zǒngsuàn fàng shǔjià le !
The summer holiday has finally begun!
终于放暑假了!
zhōngyú fàng shǔjià le !
The summer holiday has finally begun!
下了好久的雨,天气总算放晴了。
xià le hǎo jiǔ de yǔ ,tiānqì zǒngsuàn fàngqíng le 。
After raining for ages, the weather has finally cleared up!
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