Chinese set phrases are special fixed phrases, originally from ancient classics or books, historical stories or people’s verbal stories. The meaning of a set phrase is always implicit and not the simple sum of the literal meanings of the constituent components.
The structure of set phrases is very strict, and generally the order of the constituent components can’t be changed. Set phrases are mostly in the form of four words, even though there are some composed of three or more than four words. Many times people misuse one or more homophones (a homophone is a character that sounds the same as another but is different in writing and meaning) in a set phrase because they don’t really know the right meaning of this set phrase. Here are some very common examples in which homophones are misused in set phrases.
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