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经常
jīng cháng
adj./adv. everyday, daily; often, frequently, constantly
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Is this synonymous with "往往“?
justheguy
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往往 and 经常 both indicate frequency. The difference is:
往往 indicates regularity, usually under a certain condition.
E.g. 她往往早上上班前冲凉。She usually takes a shower in the morning before work.
This action "taking a shower" happens regularly, specifically under this condition "in the morning before work".
经常, on the other hand, only indicates frequency, without any extra condition.
E.g. 她常常早上上班前冲凉。
This is simply to say she takes a shower in the morning before work, and this happens often. It does not point to under what kind of condition "take a shower" happens.
lisaC
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