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How to use 往往

Today we will discuss how to use 往往 and the differences in comparison with 经常.

Language points

The adverb 往往 indicates that a certain situation frequently happens under specific circumstances, which often occurred in the past, usually used to talk about something somewhat regular. We also learnt 经常, they both can indicate a situation occurring repeatedly. For example:

每天吃完晚饭,我们一家往往去附近的公园散散步。/经常去附近的公园散散步。

but 往往is a summary of the situation up to the present, demonstrating certain regularities without being subjective, so it usually used to talk about things that have already happened. while 经常 only indicates that an action occurs many time, not necessarily showing any regularities; it can be used to express subjective wishes, and there fore can indicate things that have not yet happened but may occur repeatedly.

For example:

每天吃完晚饭,我们一家往往去附近的公园散散步。是说过去到现在的规律。

如果说希望以后这么做,改成建议,就只能用“经常”,比如:以后每天吃完晚饭,我们也经常去公园散散步吧。

When a sentence uses 往往, it usually specifies the situation, condition or result to the action being talked about, while sentences with “经常”has no such restriction. For example:

上大学时我很喜欢运动,往往在周末和同学一起去打篮球、踢足球。这时“经常”也可以用。

上大学时我很喜欢运动,经常在周末和同学一起去打篮球、踢足球。

经常 is usually equivalent to 常,while 往往 cannot be shortened to 往。For example:

在商店打折的时候,人们经常会买一些自己本来不需要的东西。

or在商店打折的时候,人们常会买一些自己本来不需要的东西。

在商店打折的时候,人们往往会买一些自己本来不需要的东西。

不能只说“往” in this sentence.

课文

科学研究证明,女孩子对衣服颜色的选择往往与她们的性格有关。喜欢穿白色衣服的女孩子性格比较阳光,生活态度积极向上是她们的共同特点;而喜欢穿红色衣服的女孩子性格比较浪漫。颜色也会影响人的心情,不同的颜色会给我们带来不同的感情变化。红色让人变得热情;黄色和白色让人心情愉快;黑色却容易让人感到伤心;人们在看到蓝色时会觉得很舒服,变得安静下来;绿色让我们的眼睛得到休息。

好,我们一起回答问题。

喜欢穿白色衣服的女孩性格怎么样?

颜色和人的心情有关系吗?

现在你能用自己的话说说颜色和心情的关系了吗

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