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The Opposite and The Unexpected: 相反 and 反而

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ID: QW0276 Upper-Intermediate
The use of the words 相反 (xiāngfǎn) and 反而 (fǎn'ér) both have something to do with things being counter or counter to something else. And for many of us, their usage seems to defy expectation... until now! In this Qing Wen, we explore the difference in use and meaning between these two words.
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opposite, to be opposite (adj.)
fǎn ér
instead, on the contrary (adv.)
nǐ zǒu le xiāngfǎn de fāngxiàng 。
You went in the wrong direction.
tāmen shì shuāngbāotāi ,dànshì xìnggé wánquán xiāngfǎn 。
They are twins, but their personalities are completely opposite.
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