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Making Sense of Grammar
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报(bào)道(dào) and 报(bào)导(dǎo) both means ‘report’, but different morphemes cause the semantic distinctions.

道(dào) means ‘say’ and 报(bào)道(dào) means the fact is told directly by the reporter.

While 导(dǎo) means ‘conduction’ and therefore, 报(bào)导(dǎo) means the reporter quotes a third party to explain a fact.
answered Nov 3, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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