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Learn Chinese--与其说……,不如说……。

2017-09-25 14:17 ChineseTime

yǔ qí shuō … … , bù rú shuō … … 。
与其说……,        不如说……。

1. 与其说sb/sth B,不如说A
   sb./sth. is more A than B

E.g.

yǔ qí shuō tā shì wèi zhé xué jiā , bù rú shuō tā shì wèi yì shù jiā 。
与其说他是位哲学家,不如说他是位艺术家。
He is more an artist than a philosopher.


2. sb./sth. is less A than B
   与其说sb/sthA,不如说B

E.g.

yǔ qí shuō wǒ kě , bù rú shuō wǒ è 。
与其说我渴,不如说我饿。
I'm less thirsty than hungry.


3. not so much...as...

E.g.

tā qù fǎ guó yǔ qí shuō shì guān guāng bù rú shuō qù kǎo chá 。
他去法国与其说是观光不如说去考察。
He go to France not so much for sightseeing as for inspection.

 

Learn Chinese--是……不是……

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