08 Aug Word of the day 6 – 相反
Today’s word of the day is 相反 (xiāng fǎn), which means opposite / on the contrary. This contains the 反 (fǎn) from yesterday’s word 反正 (fǎn zhèng), the Chinese word for ‘anyway’.
So let’s break it down.
相 (xiāng) : mutual / each other / one another
反 (fǎn) : reverse / opposite / contrary / anti
相反 (xiāng fǎn): opposite / contrary
– mutual + contrary = opposite / on the contrary
Advanced: 结果和预期的相反 (jié guǒ hé yù qī de xiāng fǎn) : The results are contrary to expectations
Advanced: 他们朝着相反的方向开走了 (tā men cháo zhe xiāng fǎn de fāng xiàng kāi zǒu le) : They drove off in opposite directions