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Hi Melissa,

this indicates, only for the PLC Pleco dictionary, either that a verb is of a verb – object structure (as in 出口), or just that a verb isn’t an old verb in which multiple characters belong together, but consists of two etymologically unrelated words commonly used together to almost form a new word (as in 遇到). (The second kind is just a guess of mine, surely @mikelove knows more.)

Hope this helps,

Shun
 
#3
Hi Shun,

Thank you for your thorough explanations. Your second explanation is going over my head. What is two etymologically unrelated words?

Melissa. 靜雯。
 
#4
Hi Melissa,

you're welcome & thanks!

By "etymologically unrelated words" I mean two or more characters that haven‘t occurred together until quite recently. They occur together solely because of a grammatical connection (like the 到, which is used as a kind of suffix of completion/success with many other words such as 看到、得到), but not because they share a longer history of combined meaning together/have an etymology as a word.

Cheers,

Shun
 
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#5
Hi Shun,

Thank you. Yes, I always consider the components of each word and as a whole. You can tell a lot about the word's original meaning.

謝謝你! 你解釋的很清楚。
 
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