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What word to use in what situation when saying "and"?

Posted by EmmaLouise1 August 11, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

I was, again, browsing through my grammar book for the word "and", thinking that it'd be just one simple character to link all sentences (oh the naivety! This is Mandarin afterall! haha) and I came across four:

  • 和 (he2)
  • 跟  (gen1)
  • 同  (tong2)
  • 与  (yu3)
It then very briefly (and not very clearly) talks about you have to have the right "and" in a sentence to link two similar words or groups of words (eg nouns with nouns or verb phrases with verb phrases). But what does it mean? How can you tell which one to use? Getting quite confused here! :S

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