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What's the difference between this 的and this 得 when it comes to meaning in the following sentences [duplicate]

I know how they are used, but I don't understand how they differ in meaning in sentences like these. Eg. 他说的汉语很流利。 他说汉语说得很流利。 Kindly explain using examples if possible. Added further: Also, I ...
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More explanations / types of usage for the particle 的

I got pretty well at using 的. I would like to know how the use of 的 is explained in China to Chinese pupils. I assume the explanations of 的 for learners of Chinese as a foreign language aren't the ...
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Use of complement 到

When using the complement 到, like in 买不到, being able/unable to achieve the goal - is connected to the subject or object? For example 这本新书很受欢迎, 你现在去买, 一定买不到。 (cannot buy because there are no books ...
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有钱能使鬼推磨, is this verb serialization?

So there is a Chinese saying, 有钱能使鬼推磨。 If you have money, you can make the devil push the millstone for you. Right after the verb 有,the other verb 能+使 comes. Is that also considered verb ...
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Why is the 了 here after 错 not after 投?

The agent says the customer should insure all risks, he wants normal insurance. Agent: 万一货物出了问题,就有可能因为投错了险而无法得到赔偿,那麻烦就大了。 I imagine '投了险' is short for '投保了保险' and I thought '错‘ is an adjective for ‘...
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What is the difference between 一只狗 and 一条狗?

I've been told by native speakers that the former refers to little dogs while the latter is for bigger dogs. I also have been told that the latter has a negative connotation. I'm wondering: how ...
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Why 文以載道 but 以文會友?

以 is one of the most confusing words in Chinese. Texts that really challenge me are usually full of it. Today I saw something confusing again: I encountered the phrase 文以載道。The document claims it ...
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Confused with the use of 的 with respect to '住在上海旁边的一个小村子里’

I came across the phrase '住在上海旁边的一个小村子里’... I cannot understand the use of 的 in this phrase. Any help is greatly appreciated :) If you have the time to fully break down the sentence that would also ...
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When should I use the 是…的 construction?

I've been told that 是...的 is used to put emphasis on something, but I'm not sure when or why I should use it.
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Does this sentence sound awkward?

I recently tried to compose a sentence to some who told me they were translating a book from English to Chinese. I responded to them: 太好了!很不幸,我的中文知识不足够的,所以不可能帮你们。加油,我很兴奋的! As I am not a native ...
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没有人不喜欢自己的。 what does 的 imply here?

I understand the meaning of this sentence. Nobody doesn't like him/herself. My question is, why is there a 的 at the end? It is not a past tense sentence. And also there isn't any detail so that the 是。。...
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Complicated that-clauses

I can deal with some easy that/who which clauses. At least I think so. For example: 我提供的幫助 根據我所看到的 But I am totally lost, when it becomes even slightly more complicated. The man whose ...
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When is the 把 construction forbidden?

I would like to understand which (if any) of these sentences are incorrect and why. 我给了我妹妹一支笔。(being the most basic, this is the one I think I understand) 我把那支笔给我妹妹了。 我把一支笔给我妹妹了。 我在把这支笔给我的妹妹 ...
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Classical Chinese grammar help: 蓋將自其變者而觀之,則天地曾不能以一瞬

The second clause is translated as some version of: "If you look at it from the point of Change, then heaven and earth never stay the same for even a moment". Here's what I think I know: 不 negates a ...
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Macau Cantonese, any differences from HK?

Does anyone know how Cantonese from Macau differ from HK if there are any? Any slangs or terms used in Macanese Cantonese that is rarely used or heard in HK? Maybe some sinicised portuguese words? ...
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What does 劲抽 mean?

I was looking at a Chinese poster for the new Suicide Squad movie: http://screenrant.com/suicide-squad-posters-international-joker/ I saw the phrase '各有各劲抽.' What does this mean? 'Each one has ...
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How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences?

How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences? What is the difference between 你不知道吗? and 你难道不知道吗?
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What does “被续了” mean?

我想这个穿着红色衣服的男孩已经被续了。 In this sentence, the word "续" means life-prolonging, and when people say this they usually mean that someone was being life-prolonged to somebody instead of someone was being ...
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Question about use of 不比

I have a question about making comparisons in Chinese. What's the difference between saying '我不比她差' and '我比她不差'? Thank you, Rachel
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How do I decide whether to use 可以, 会 or 能?

According to every dictionary I've seen so far, there is a big overlap in these: 可以 = can, may, be able to 会  = can, be able to, able 能  = can, may, able, capable How do I properly choose which ...
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When to use “他的太太” and when “他太太”?

I've read the two different sentences, of which one uses "他的太太" and the other uses "他太太". How can I tell the difference between the two? For example, in the following sentence: 现在他想他的太太。 现在他想他太太。 ...
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What comes after 不愁 is it negative or positive?

So, I know that 不愁 means to "not worry about" but I'm trying to figure out its exact usage. In particular, I'm trying to figure out if the phrase after 不愁 is always negative? For example, I know ...
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Neng [能] vs Ke yi [可以] [duplicate]

What is the main differences between 能,and 可以? They both mean "to be able to", or simply "can", correct?
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Is there a grammar rule for using 的 in this snippet 但是有意思的是?

As I understand ...,但是有意思的是,... means ..., but the interesting thing is, ... but I went through great pains to arrive at this. The culprit here that jammed the cranks in my head was the 的. Had it not ...
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出于考虑 vs。 基于考虑 。 Do Taiwanese say 基于?

Question for you all. Recently, I've been using a textbook from mainland China. In the textbook, I learned 出于Sth考虑, which means roughly "Out of consideration for ___" My teacher, who is Taiwanese, ...
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How to determine what 即 means in a sentence

I was reading an advertisement that says: '阿里云免费体验! 注册即获得高达300美元体验套餐! 立即开通阿里云全球服务!' Would 即获得 mean 'immediately obtain?' 即 can mean so many different things, it's a bit confusing. Many thanks, ...
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双刃剑 vs。 两面刀 which is used more often?

I'd like to know which of these two phrases you use more often. I know that in general they both mean "a double edged sword" is one used more in Taiwan or in mainland China?
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i want to know what i say in text is correct [closed]

Nǐ hǎo. Wǒ shì shuí? Wǒ de míngzì shì SHAYAN Dàn nǐ kěyǐ jiào wǒ (xué yǎng). Wǒ yǒu èrshíliù suì. Wǒ yǒu liǎng gè xiōngdì hé yīgè mèimei Hobbies and interests: Wǒ xǐhuān chī de shíwù yě hē Soft ...
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How do I say “share with me” in Chinese?

I'd like to know how to form a sentence such as, "He shared this information with me," "She shared her recommendations with me." I believe the "with" here is not 跟,和 or 与, since the "sharing" action ...
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Getting my eyebrows done = 修眉 (xiū méi); how do I use this?

Getting your eyebrows done is different in China than in the West. In China, it involves shaving (rather than waxing or threading), trimming, and plucking. Consequently, I have been asking for 刮眉毛 (...
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What's the difference between “睡不着” and "没睡着“?

Please help me clarify the difference between the two phrases: I thought that 睡不着 means that you cannot fall asleep (可能补语) for example: 我经常失眠, 睡不着觉。 and that 没睡着 means that you didn't sleep (结果补语) ...
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Difference between 还 and 又

Both 还 and 又 may be used to indicate an addition to the preceding information: 我买了香蕉、苹果还买了葡萄。 我们不但要努力学习,还要考得好。 昨天没考好,现在又撞伤了,真倒霉。 他要买肉又要买鱼。 May I exchange both in all above examples? If not, what ...
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Help me with correcting the structure of this sentence

Reading the sentence below out loud felt extremely awkward, however I can't figure which part is improperly constructed to begin fixing the sentence. The way I want to express the following idea in ...
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Wrong or merely redundant use of 们?

There appear to be some rare examples of suffix 们 after 许多、很多、各位。According to some sources this is acceptable。Examples: 许多: "许多思想家们认为"( http://chinese.irib.ir/2010-07-31-13-14-51/2010-07-31-13-16-...
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Difference between 决策 and 决定

I'm trying to understand the difference between 决策 and 决定. It seems like 决策 is used more formally and in the case of business contexts more (e.g. 战略决策 - strategic decision)。 But, I wasn't sure if that ...
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Quotation Marks (“”) and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

Based on my recent observation, most people use "" to enclose a quote and use 《》 to enclose the name of a book (or a movie?). However, since I began my Chinese study, I have been learning to use 「」 as ...
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How to ask a simple maths / arithmetic question

I'm trying to internalize numbers by forcing myself to think of them numerically rather than associating them with their English translations. So I thought it might be a good idea to learn my times ...
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Comparing 我一个弟兄们 with 我的一个兄弟

《庭审现场》20151226 谁在说谎 http://news.cntv.cn/2015/12/26/VIDE1451136647389475.shtml. Civil case plaintiff 李付成, at time mark 01:42, says: 我一个弟兄们(有三间老房子). Would 我的一个兄弟 (or at least 我的一个弟兄) not be more usual? ...
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Question about the use of 中 (first or fourth tone)?

I'm unsure whether the 中 in this phrase is to be in the first or fourth tone: 吃得苦中苦,方为人上人. Also, what exactly does 方 mean in this saying? Thank you, Rachel
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How to translate and answer the question?

I make my homework, but I am not sure in translating of a sentence and would be glad to become an answer from native speakers. The task is to write an answer to a question. The question is: 学经济的人多不多? ...
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Best way to express a change of subjects in a succession of events

I'm trying to say that "she will go eat after playing tennis with her friends" but I want to know if there are better ways of saying this then the ones I'm about to show 她和朋友打了网球,她去吃饭。 or 她跟朋友打网球以后,...
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Would it be incorrect to not include 儿 here?

For example, what's the difference between 那边儿 and 那边? When writing in Chinese do I need the 儿 because I've heard people say both.
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How to use 以 in Literary Chinese?

For example: 差之毫厘,谬以千里 I understand the overall meaning of this saying, but if I wanted to just be able to define 以 as it is used here, how could I do so? Thank you, Rachel
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Are 得到 and 接受 similar?

I saw the previous posts about 接受 and 接收。 But couldn't find information about the difference between 接受 and 得到。 它们的对象可以是抽象的也可以是具体的? 得到/接受的可以是好的也可以是消极的? Or maybe I just need to memorize the “习惯搭配”?!
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Word order in a sentence with 跟 and 在

I am not sure if I should put 跟 before 在 or the other way round. For example: 我跟朋友(一起)在饭馆吃饭 or 我在饭馆跟朋友(一起)吃饭 Can I use both, but the meaning is slightly different?
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Which number translation is correct?

I need to write a numeral in 汉字。 But I am not sure, if I need to put 一 in huge numerals before tens. So, my numeral is 81,016 and my question is: do I need to write: 八万一千零一十六 or: 八万一千零十六 Which ...
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What does "不等“ add in 从A到B不等?

So, I just learned this grammar. For example, I know that we can say 这个商店的价格从五十元到五千元不等。 But, I thought I could also say 这个商店的价格从五十元到五千元。 What does 不等 add to the sentence? Does it slightly ...
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Learning how to use measure / count words properly

Chinese has measure (or count) words like “个” (一个人), “部” (三部车), etc. These always get me confused, and there way too many of them. Are there any general rules that can help me memorize them? Also, ...
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Is this sentence using 以…为?

I read this sentence in the book 游子吟: 神的存在是一个不以人们的主观意志为转移的客观事实 I'm unclear about what "以" and "为" are doing here. I Googled to see if "以...为" is a common construct; this page says that you can ...
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How do you use - 我还是做一枚安静的N 吧

Question for you all. I've seen sentences that are like this 我还是做一枚安静的吃货好了 or 我还是做一枚安静的美少女 I understand that this is a funny expression (used primarily online) Can I replace the final word with ...