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Does anybody know what are the differences between 互相,相互 and 彼此?

Sometimes I see some HSK questions like I have to choose between A)彼此 B)互相 C)相互. And I dont see any difference? For example which one is wrong?


I guess 它们的用法不一样,但还没有搞清楚 :roll:

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相互 and 互相

they both can be used as “adverb”

for example ,


支持 相互/互相 关心 相互/互相 尊重

They have the same meaning ,used as adverbial adjunct.

the diference:

相互 can be a adjective,but 互相 can not.

such as

相互的关系 相互的怨言 相互的指责 相互的意见

Here 相互 is adjective.

SO 互相 has only one usage while 相互 has two.

PS: forgive for my poor english =.=

I am a chineses.

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Thank you very much, now I see the difference between 互相 and 相互. So what about 彼此 ? :D

For example


a)彼此(Book says this is correct)



After your explanation I see 互相 is impossible now(cuz its a adv), but why not 相互?

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彼此 can be thought of "each other", and as with 互相 can have a "mutual" meaning as well, so in this sentence it's

两国加强合作,不仅符合彼此的根本利益, 而且 ...

"Strengthening cooperation between (these) two countries is not just necessary for (the advancement of) each others' (mutual) interests, but also.."

In English it's awkward to use "each other" (we'd probably just use "their") but that's the direct translation.

Edited by necroflux
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Thanks indeed

I see why we want to translate it like their cuz 彼此 is 代词。

两个人彼此相互喜欢, 彼此相互信任, 我们沟通彼此相互交流,彼此相互认识,彼此相互尊重.

so 彼此 is 代词 ok

but in this case we shouldn't be able to say 相互之间 but I saw a lot. cuz I think here it can be neither an adj nor an adv. I see 彼此之间 makes sense cuz 彼此 is 代词, but still dont see how 相互之间 is possible. here is 相互 an adj? or and adv?


互相 adv

相互 adv adj

彼此 pron

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  • 7 years later...

Seems that according to baidu the last is wrong:

Instead                     It should be

互相 adv                   互相 adv adj
相互 adv adj             相互 adv
彼此 pron                  对


相互 adv - http://baike.baidu.com/item/%E7%9B%B8%E4%BA%92 (each other, together)

互相 adj  - http://baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%BA%92%E7%9B%B8 (reciprocal, mutual)


Or I miss the clue? Would not be good for me, a begginer, to point out mistakes f native speakers.


Regards, Alex.

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