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What is the purpose of 制 in this sentence 夏时制开始

Just received this in a message from a friend trying to determine what time we meet this coming Sunday. 星期天几点开踢? 夏时制开始 Daylight savings starts early this Sunday at 2am. So what is the purpose ...
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Why do Chinese people say 孕傻三年?

Just the other day, I heard this '孕傻三年'. Does anyone have an inkling as to why Chinese people think this?
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What does “大概” mean? Are there any words with the same meaning?

I looked up in the dictionary, there are 12 meanings for it! well aiblins anywhere belike supposedly probably prob. maybe mayhap presumedly presumably ordinarily somewhere easily mainly Just ...
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Is 得弄 one word here or two?

I have 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么。 I see 得弄清楚 is a fairly common combination of words. Is 得弄 one word or 2 words here? Should I read de nong or dei nong? Should I translate the sentence to 'First we need to ...
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What does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang?

Just like the title said, what does 软文 and 小号 mean in intenet slang?
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What does the `的` mean in `我是九点去上班的`?

In the reply to 你是什么时候去上班的?, what does the 的 in 我是九点去上班的 mean? I think that without the 的, the sentence makes sense in and of itself, right? And the meaning is that I start to work at 9:00 am...., ...
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Difference between 换钱 and 挽钱

My take is that 挽钱 (wǎn qián ) would mean to withdraw money from an ATM and 换钱 (huàn qián) to change money ... or am I mistaken?a
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Usage of the word 欠 and 了 in 那我一分钱也不欠你的了

I've been struggling to get my head around how to properly use the word 欠. The dictionary has to lack, as a meaning, but I can't find any example sentences with it used that way, only owe. ...
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What is the difference between 激动 and 冲动?

What is the difference between "激动" and "冲动"? So for example, what is the difference between: 先别激动,冷静一下。 and 先别冲动,冷静一下。 Thanks.
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Difference between 最高领导人 and 主要领导人之一?

I've just been looking at the wikipedia entry for Xi Jinping and the word used for the position he will be taken on Wikipedia is incumbent "paramount leader" with paramount leader pointing to this ...
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Meaning/Translation: 熟肉 [TV Series]

I've seen the word 熟肉 associated with TV Series'. For example: What does it mean? What's a good English translation?
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Meaning/Usage/Translation: 耳膜 vs. 鼓膜?

What's the difference between: 耳膜 and 鼓膜? Apparently they both check out to eardrum in English. 汉语大辞典, even, defines 耳膜 as 耳中鼓膜。 Can 鼓膜 be used in other places then?
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Meaning & Etyomology: 博眼球?

The only meaning of 博眼球 I've been able to come across is the following from a 百度知道 answer: 回头率高,吸引人的意思 but is it really that simple, is that all it means? 'An eyeball-turner?' What does 博 mean ...
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What is the difference between 假如 and 例如?

What's the difference between 假如 and 例如? As far as I know, their usage is the same.
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Politeness in Mandarin

I like to say please sometimes when I want to be polite to someone when asking them for something. Is this customary in Mandarin? For example, if I wanted to ask for some water, I might ask my ...
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才 in the sense of “only”

What does 才 mean in this sentence? 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮。 (Quote taken from a nursery rhyme.) After looking in the dictionary my best guess is that it means "just" or "only", so as to make the ...
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How to write “Oh” in Chinese (哦,噢,喔)

In WeChat, QQ, text messages, and the like, it is common to see 哦, 噢, and 喔 used to express an acknoledgement that the other person has said something. They all seem fairly close equivalents to the ...
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What is the meaning of 附件 here?

What do they mean by '铅笔附件‘ and '配套件‘? '铅笔附件‘ maybe: the box that the pencils come in? Or the lead in the pencil, in case it contains harmful chemicals? 宁波检验检疫人员提醒文具出口企业,要重视铅笔附件和配套件的安全性能。
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How is the meaning of 不得已 formed?

I am under the impression that Chinese multi-character words form their meaning from that of the characters that form these words. (Let me know if I am mistaken!) I know that 不得已 means "to have to". ...
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Does this sentence talk about second cars or second hand cars?

I'm pretty sure this sentence is referring to '2 car families', but I'd like to check. How should I interpret ‘二次购车’ here? Maybe they are talking about second hand cars, or families that have ...
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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Is there a word in Chinese to mean “mostly”? Is “大多” appropriate?

As title, is there a word in Mandarin Chinese to mean "mostly" ? For example, I am going to tell my friend who wrote a letter to me that "I mostly got what you man", is it appropriate to say "大多" that ...
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What does the measure word 一片 mean? and how to use it?

In the textbook, we learned that 一片 is the measure word for thin, flat objects such as leaves. But it seems to mean differently in 一片草地. What does the measure word 一片 mean? and how to use it? 
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Meanings and pronunciation of 截

What are all meanings of 截? as in 截拳道? Is it pronounced "Jeet" or "Jee"? I'm interested in the word "jeet" and how it may be used.
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询问奸雄所见略同的由来 and how does it relate to chinese

The quote"我很想询问奸雄所见略同的由来" seems very interesting to me. And in Google Translate, it translates to "I would like to ask the king's men great minds think alike the origin of." It doesn't seem to make ...
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What is 猫舅 in the following sentence?

I assume this is a cultural thing that I am not aware of, but a friend just updated their status to say: 希望猫舅变成天使守护全家 Xīwàng māo jiù biàn chéng tiānshǐ shǒuhù quán jiā Who or what is 猫舅?
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What is the meaning of 建设 here?

I have this text from my book. I thought 建设 means 'build, construct', by association maybe 'develop', but I can't figure out what it is doing in the second sentence. I put the 3 sentences for context. ...
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Could you help me explain the meaning of “顺其自然”? [closed]

I don't know what does this phrase mean in English. Please explain it with some example sentences. Thanks a lot!
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Is this a typical Chinese way of saying 'lack of strength'?

Just checking: the following is not at all bad Chinese, or is it? 自主研发力量的薄弱,在某种程度上制约着民族游戏产业的发展。 I suppose I could also write: 薄弱的自主研发力量, Either way I seem to have 'weak strength' or 'strength's ...
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What exactly does this 人单合一的自主经营体 mean?

女:海尔已经为应对金融危机做好了哪些准备? 男:海尔应对金融危机的具体思路主要是三个方面:一是产品创新,要为用户提供解决问题的方案;二是商业模式创新,要实施零库存下的即需即供;三是机制创新,要建立人单合一的自主经营体。 I'm struggling a bit with this last one, can you please help? 机制创新,要建立人单合一的自主经营体 ...
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What is the difference between 形成, 构成, 组成, 养成?

According to the dictionary, 成 has meanings of to become or to form, what is the subtle difference between 形成, 构成, 组成 and 养成? Thanks!
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What is the difference between 举行 and 举办?

What is the difference between "举行" and "举办"? Both of them have the meaning of 'holding / organizing an event", but do they have any difference? Thanks.
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Tamen dou1 hen3 hao3

As I am reading the New Practical Chinese Reader From: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese And I got to the translation of Tamen dou hen hao and I was wondering something. The translation of ...
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Meaning of 酿 in this sentence

Taken from this news article What does "酿" mean in this sentence: 苹果iPhone 5酿致命意外
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What does the character in this Naruto poster mean?

I dont know how to type that character, otherwise I would try it out through other means. What does the character mean? It appears in a poster concerning the Japanese manga Naruto.
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What would be the English for 公示?

I have this definition for 公示:指政府机关或团体下达的指示、通告等。 and this sentence: 卡拉OK版权费征收标准的公示一出,老板和消费者对此都有不同的反应。 After the copyright-fee levy standard for Karaoke (bars) was 公示'published'(??), bosses and ...
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Can 当作 ever be used with a direct object behind it?

If you look up 当作 it says something like 'treat as, regard as, look upon', however, from what I can see, it only gets used in combination with 把 or 被。 Is this 把 a word with meaning, or a particle? Is ...
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How should I interpret 最大限度 in this sentence?

我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货。 I think I should treat 最大限度地 as one word, namely 'maximally‘. Does that fit? 我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货。 we maximally exploit current harbour conditions transport goods (rough draft, not ...
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Understanding/Translating: 空无

What is the best understanding and (English) translation of 空无? 汉语大词典: 佛教语。谓一切事物从因缘生,唯心所造,了无自性 《维摩经菩萨行品》: "观於空无而不舍大悲。" There are a lot of religious, if you will, concepts in here that I ...
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Why Is The Color Red Considered Lucky In Chinese Language and Culture?

A constant feature in all things Chinese is the color (colour, for those yank-challanged among y'all) red. As common knowledge goes, it is because red is considered to be lucky. Why?
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What is the difference between qi3 and qi3 lai2?

In both situations my pen is now on a table. Speaking to another person, why do we say: 1) Qing3 na2 qi3 wo3 de5 bi3. 请拿起我的笔。 Not: 2) Qing3 na2 qi3 lai2 wo3 de5 bi3. 请拿起来我的笔。 How does the ...
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Meaning of 又把聚会当做一次分手

Hi I'm trying to figure out what the lyrics of mean of 思 念. The last sentence is 又把聚会当做一次分手 However, the grammar is a tad difficult and I'm struggling to make sense of it. My interpretations: ...
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What is the meaning of 晦 in the phrase 韬光养晦?

I find the phrase 韬光养晦 in a context,and I look up it in the dictionary,it means hidden talents, do not make the leakage.But I still don't know the meaning of 晦.
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What does 坏坏的 mean in “坏坏的问道”?

坏 is obviously bad/broken, and 问 is ask. So, does that mean 坏坏的问道 means something like "asked spoiledly" or something similar? There is no need to translate it since I'm just looking for the ...
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Is this sentence ambiguous?

This chapter is talking about ways to get out of your Contract of Employment without paying a penalty (违约金). My book quotes 《北京市劳动合同规定》第三十五条 (四)用人单位未依法为劳动者缴纳社会保险费的。 If I translate this, it seems to ...
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Meaning of 狂牛 in this context?

你在說什麼? 你是又被變種狂牛攻擊喔了喔? I'm what the second sentence means. It translates literally to something like Have you been attacked by a mutant mad cow again? But I'm sure that's not the ...
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What does “叱吒” mean?

After some searches here and there, why does "叱吒" translate to "rebuke"? Could it also mean something like "being at the top of [location]"?
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What does bianniu 变牛 mean?

I have seen this expression in a few texts, including news articles, but it does not seem to be commonly used. Here are a few examples of context: "...第二舰队变牛了以后调到了第二舰队当先任参谋..." ...
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What is the meaning of '脱产培训‘?

Is '脱产培训‘ the opposite of '在岗培训‘ that is to say ’off the job training' compared to 'on the job training'?
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Help understanding this passage

首次在天空中被人目击不到两年之后,中国新型“空警”-500预警机已经加入现役。“空警”-500预警机可以同时对470公里范围内的60多架飞机进行跟踪。“空警”-500“空中预警与控制系统”(AWACS)看起来更像是美国的空中预警机(其上部有圆形雷达穹顶),但体积小一些,由运-9四引擎涡轮螺旋桨飞机(类似于美国的C-130)搭载。 I know what the first sentence ...