Chinese: the many ways of expressing similitude

Foreword: if you can’t read Chinese characters yet, make use of the Perapera plugin for Chrome which will give you roll-over definitions and Pinyin for Chinese words. This saves me having to type out lots of Pinyin. It also avoids cluttering up pages even more than they already are. (Perapera doesn’t work with Firefox Quantum, unfortunately, but I’d love to hear what the latest alternative is.)

The most basic pattern of making comparisons in Chinese literally goes “X with Y [degree of similarity]“. A common word for ‘with’ is ‘‘. Here are a bunch of examples to illustrate:

一樣
I am the same as you
[Lit. I with you same]

差不多
I’m about the same as you
[Lit. I with you about-the-same]

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