一而二,二而一

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Chinese[edit]

 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
two; 2 two; 2
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
simp. and trad.
(一而二,二而一)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: one then two, two then one

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

一而二,二而一

  1. one and the same
  2. two sides of the same coin