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duì yú
prep. toward, with regard to, in regard to, for
Discussion of 对于/對於
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对于 and 关于 are both prepositions, and they may sometimes cause confusion to Chinese learners.
1. 对于 points out the related target or object; 关于, on the other hand, indicates a range or an aspect.
2. When used to lead the attributive modifier of the sentence, the position of 对于 can be either before or after the subject, while 关于 always appears before the subject of the sentence.
Example 1. 关于这次实践活动,你最好写个简单的总结吧。 [phr] About this practice you had better write a brief summary.
Example 2. 对于给您造成的困扰,我感到很抱歉。 [phr] I feel deeply sorry for the trouble I have caused you.
Example 3. 校长对于这件事情没有做任何评论。 [phr] The headmaster of the school did not make any comment on this incident.
3. 关于 can be used in forming an attributive modifier. 对于 cannot be used in this way.
Example 4. 史密斯教授关于语言学的讲座安排在后天。 [phr] Professor Smith's lecture about linguistics has been arranged for the day after tomorrow.
In Example 4 above, 关于语言学的 is the attributive of 讲座. nd another preposition 关于
Regarding the difference between 对 and 对于, please note that:
1. 对于 can be replaced by 对:
Example 1. 对于他来说,他已经达到了目的。 [phr] For him, he has already achieved the purpose.
---> We can also say: 对他来说,他已经达到了目的。
2. 对 has two usages which 对于 does not have. For more information, please refer to the discussion part of the following word: 对 duì [prep] to, at, towards, with regard to, concerning to; versus, in comparison with
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