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    They mean basically the same thing, "to correct." You can interchange them without affecting the meaning, but there are subtle nuance differences. Of the four, 纠正is the most direct (with the harshest meaning), and it calls to mind a military officer correcting a cadet because of the word "纠". (Or a teacher correcting a pupil). 修正 is the most "gentle" way to say to correct, because it means to "edit and correct." 更正is the most formal, and you'll find that word used in the sense of "erratum" in a newspaper article. Finally, 改正 is a pretty neutral term.


    纠正: to point out where you are wrong and correct it .
    改正: to correct.
    更正: to alter,or modify it so that it is correct.
    修正: to alter,or modify it in order to make it more appropriate,proper,suitable etc for something.





    纠正 is used to correct some behavior which is not that good.
    E.g :
    but sometimes you can use 错误 which is a abstract Noun after it

    改正 is more often used in oral language,when students make some mistakes in homework ,we say:改正作业中错误

    更正 is more official but its meaning is close to 改正

    修改 : the 3 word above are used when you do make some mistakes or something, but when 修改 appears, that does not always mean you have made mistakes, it's can used when asking you to make your essay better
    e.g 你的作文写得好,但是有些地方还需要修改一下,会更好

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