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Chinlingo Chinese character: 暗 and 黑

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Both "暗" and "黑" mean "dark". Is there any difference between them?

 

[Definitions]

 

暗 (àn): dark; hidden or secret

黑 (hēi): secret or unlawful; black (opposite to "white"); wicked or sinister

 

[Uses]

"暗" and "黑" can be exchanged only when they are used as adjectives to mean "dark".

 

Examples

√ 屋子里光线太暗,容易伤眼睛。(wū zi lǐ ɡuānɡ xiàn tài àn , rónɡ yì shānɡ yǎn jinɡ)

It is dark in the room, which hurts eyes.

X屋子里光线太黑,容易伤眼睛。

 

√ 不要到黑市上去换钱。(bú yào dào hēi shì shànɡ qù huàn qián)

Don't exchange money in the black market.

X 不要到暗市上去换钱。

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2016-06-21

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