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v. sweep the floor; (of credibility or honor) reach rock bottom, be dragged in dust; be deprived of one's property
Discussion of 扫地/掃地
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扫扫地 (sǎosǎodì) is evidently a nicer way to say it. I’m told it’s a Chinese idiom to say it this way. Also Rosetta Stone uses it and Google Translate is coming up with the same.
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扫地 and 扫扫地 are both correct. There is not so-called "nicer" way to say it.
About reduplication of verbs: when we reduplicate a verb, e.g. 扫扫地, there may be a few different implications compared to when we do not reduplicate it, depending on the context:
1. The reduplication of a verb indicates a quick and short action;
2. The reduplication of a verb expresses a trial or an attempt;
3. The reduplication of a verb expresses a sense of being relaxed and light.
So 扫地 and 扫扫地 are still slightly different.
There are certain situations where you can only use 扫地. For example when you list a number of housework:
E.g. 扫地，洗碗，吸尘等都属于基本家务。Sweeping the floor, washing dishes, vacuuming, etc. are all basic housework.
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