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What the diffrencs between 一边 一面 ？
Aug 8, 2018 5:47 AM

August 8, 2018
It's a great question. If you want to differentiate them, you should understand the words at first——words carry meaning. The original meaning of 边 is a side of a geometrical figure: consider a triangle ABC. AB, BC, or CA are 边. As you can see the AB, BC, CA are the borders of the triangle, there is a meaning representing edges, banks, or remote regions. And 面 carries the meaning of "face". Your face is an approximate 2D figure, though strictly it is not. Consider a pyramid ABCDE with summit A on top, we will call ABC, ACD, ADE as 面. However, as you know, a line cuts 2 sides in 2D space, so does 面 separates 2 space in 3D one. We can say 一边... 一边... to express things happen simultaneously. He sang while he worked. 他一边(面)唱歌一边(面)工作
August 8, 2018

August 8, 2018
as Mandarin, we won't use 一面 to mean "while", 一边 could mean that. but in Cantonese we could use both. as measure word, 面 means surface; 边 mean side and line.
August 8, 2018
“一面”还可以用作量词，如：一面红旗。一边也可以用作量词，如：三角形有三条边，其中一边最长。
August 8, 2018