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difference betwwen 'zuo4' and 'gan4'

Posted by mnixon July 29, 2008 in the Group General Discussion .

Confused over the difference (if any) between 'zuo4' and 'gan4'. In several lessons, Jenny has said that they are interchangeable, but that 'gan4' is more common colloquially. However, some friends of mine have said that 'gan4' has a negative connotation.  My understanding is zuo4 is to do (for a longtime - like a profession or lifelong goal) and gan4 is to do (now - like an activity). Any thoughts?

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