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支持 and 支撑

Posted by watyamacallit February 27, 2011 in the Group I Have a Question.

Just wondering about the difference between 支持 and 支撑. I realise that 支撑 can be used in the sense of providing physical support, whereas 支持 apparently cannot. I believe 支持 can be used for providing moral support, or supporting a political party or a sporting team. Can 支撑 be used interchangeably in these cases, or does it have a different connotation?

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