Q: I gather the two words 'he' and 'gen' can both serve to join two nouns or noun phrases. Like' bread and butter' or 'ham and eggs', or so. What I have yet to gather, is what considerations determine, or at least suggest, which of the two you will employ in a given situation.
A: Grammatically speaking, both 'he2' and 'gen1' can be used as conjunction and proposition. As a conjunction, they share the similar meaning of "and, with". In my opinion, their only difference lies in the type of occasions and context in which they appear: 'gen1'is usually used in the informal spoken chinese while 'he2' can be used both formally and informally, mainly depending on its context.
Xiao Zhang went to the movies with Xiao Wang. - Xiao3 Zhang1 he2/gen1 Xiao3 Wang2 qu4 kan4 dian4 ying3 le.
President Hu and US President George W. Bush discussed Iran and DPRK nuke issues during their bilateral meeting. - Hu Jintao zhu3 xi2 he2 bu4 shi2 zong3 tong3 ...
July 17, 2006
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