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Making Sense of Grammar
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The shared feature of the three words is 预(yù),which means ‘in advance’. The distinctions of morphemes among the three words decide their semantic differences.

预(yù)订(dìng) means ‘book/reserve’ as 订(dìng) expresses the meaning of ‘book’.

预(yù)定(dìng) means ‘predetermine’ as 定(dìng) expresses the meaning of ‘decide/determine’.

预(yù)约(yuē) means ‘make an appointment’ as 约(yuē) expresses the meaning of ‘invite’.
answered Nov 3, 2020 by Mickey (7,360 points)

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