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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.?

What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.? The catch: Since every book says that 就=即 I considered to create a new sentence out 交易即告成立 by switchin characters.There is no instance of 交易就告成立 ...
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Need help in translation. Problems with 了. Again :)

The sentence is (1)突然父亲嘘了一口气 and (2)突然父亲嘘一口气 I would have undertand them if it's not the for the "突然" part. My take: (1) "Suddenly father exhaled (once)" (like "ooooh" and then maybe ...
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What is the difference in meaning between 应变 and 适应 here?

Is there a difference in meaning between 应变能力 and 适应能力 in this sentence? If so, can you please try to explain it? 公司领导人认为,在未来十年的商战中,最重要的武器是应变能力、适应能力和创新能力。
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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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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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也 和 并 与 及 跟 而 同 difference? [closed]

I have read about connectives 也 和 并 与 及 and asked some questions about them but still I'm somewhat not satisfied with my understanding. Let me summarize my knowledge: 1. 与 connects: nouns only ...
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What does 她是笨蛋的学生 mean?

I and my Chinese friend are discussing about the meaning of "她是笨蛋的学生” So, can u guys tell me which meaning is correct, or which meaning is popularly used: "She is a fool student", or "She is the ...
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如果真的有 what does this mean?

My friend who learns chinese sent me this. The google translator says that it means "if there".. Is this the right translation? Because to me, i think that five chinese characters should mean ...
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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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A unified theory of 就 meaning

就 always bothered me. I couldn't (and maybe still can't) get a hold of its meaning. By looking at many examples of the usage I came to realization that 就 marks a process of becoming a subject to or ...
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What does this translate to? ㄨㄞ

I have this on a shirt and cannot find out what it means. My findings are that it is bopomofo/zhuyin phonetic for "Wai1". The only translations I found were "lop-sided" which doesn't seem to make any ...
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Derogatory usage of 靈 in old Chinese?

I am currently reading about the reign of 漢靈帝。 He appears a horrible ruler indeed. Yet Wikipedia states: Emperor Ling died in 189 at the age of 34, after reigning for 21 years. After his death the ...
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Explain the phrase “都不嫌多”

Could you please explain how to make sense of "都不嫌多". How is the meaning composed from the characters. I cannot make the connection between the literal translation of "all not suspicion many" and ...
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表达 vs. 表现 vs. 表示 vs. 显示

These four words all express (get it, because they all mean express ha ha ha) similar meanings: to express/show/display/manifest/demonstrate/convey/indicate etc. I'm sure there are subtle differences ...
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What's the difference between 生态环境观 and 生态伦理观?

I think that "生态环境观" refers to ecology and that "生态伦理观" refers to environmental ethics. Can anybody confirm this or correct me? Thanks!
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智渊别伤心爱兰可以帮你。 我们一起学习吧 in English please?

My fried wrote 智渊别伤心爱兰可以帮你。 我们一起学习吧 to me. What does this mean?? I'm so curious. I tried google it but gave me This weird answer. (Btw, his Chinese skills are not that advanced, so he might have ...
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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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Why does 有机 as in 有机食品 mean organic?

有 and 机 are some of the first characters we learn in Chinese, but only recently did I find out that they mean "organic" when put together. Can anyone explain why this is?
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Why do native speakers often say a character has “no meaning”?

Many times I will know all the characters in a name but one & I'll ask what that one character means. 9 times out of 10 the response is, "That character has no meaning". While it might be true ...
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What is the difference between 几乎 and 差点儿?

Recently I've studied these two words: 几乎 and 差点儿. My book says that they have different meanings and they are used in different contexts, however I don't quite grasp in what way they are different, ...
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准备过奖黑板政治生物历史脑 in English please? [closed]

My friend wrote this on his timeline, and I need to know... Please help me.... 准备过奖黑板政治生物历史脑. What does this mean??? Btw, he is not an advanced Chinese speaker,so some grammars might be incorrect.. ...
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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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What's the meaning of “神” in “神经”?

I am a high school student who are curious with psychology. When I read the section on neuron, I find that the Chinese translation below is "神经". I am very enthusiastic about it because it seems ...
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Unclear expression in Pimsleur 3 “here is a small gift”

In the audio course Pimsleur Mandarin III an expression is taught which you can say when giving someone a gift. The expression itself is unclear to me, which one of these is it? yī diǎnr shǎo yì sī ...
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The meaning of 拿 in this sentence

I have encountered the following sentence: 他就拿我没办法的信念 in the following paragraph: 抱着誓死不从,他就拿我没办法的信念,我只有拼命挣扎,但是我错了。 from the following text: http://health.sohu.com/20041120/n223089261.shtml I couldn't ...
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Similarities between connectives 就 and 而?

而 - is a connective like "and" in some situations. Etymologically this meaning comes from how hair in someone's beard are close together. 就 - is a connective in other situations. Etymology information ...
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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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what does this sentece means 你是边度人? [closed]

I need to know the meaning of this Chinese sentence, 你是边度人 I really don't know what the meaning could be. Thanks a lot.
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Meaning and etymology of the expression “棒棒的!”

Someone wrote to me "两个月就写这么好,棒棒的!" I get the first part (though I don't think it's true - 哪里哪里 ;-)), but what exactly does that "appendix" stand for? I interpreted it as a kind of "clapping one's ...
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Why is “感恩” frequently used as a verb?

In the last two years or so I began to see people frequently using 感恩 as verb meaning "thank (you)", such as "感恩大家" or "感恩领导". But I thought "感恩" is a verb-noun phrase, meaning "thank (you for your) ...
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Has 管理 something to do with plumbing? If so then

Has "管理 = manage" something to do with plumbing, making pipes or taking care of them? As far as I know 管 is a measure word for tube-shaped objects. So my logic suggest that 管理 is an meaning-extension ...
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What is the difference between 诡异 and 奇诡?

According to Google Translate it is "Strange" and "Strangeness" But I saw a native speaker post "好诡异", which would be "how strangeness?" When would you use one or the other?
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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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What does the underscore (_) mean in Chinese?

Some examples of Google search: 风中的树_新浪博客 历史转折中的邓小平_电视剧_央视网 https://www.google.com.co/search?q=%E4%B8%AD%E7%9A%84&oq=%E4%B8%AD%E7%9A%84&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.534j0j7&sourceid=chrome&...
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Why 就范 means “to give in”?

What is etymology of this word? As far as I know 就 means: to start or to enter which sometimes is being interpreted as to take some thing (to enter a position of ...) So I just can't see why "...
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Roots of the difference between 谈,论,说,讲,议, 叙,言,报,告,述

All those talk, discuss, chat and ect. In any language there are a lot of words expressing different connotation of people speaking. In my own language (russian) there are lot's of them BUT I can ...
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Weird Chinese text next to the Great Wall [duplicate]

I was looking the Great Wall of China with Google Earth, and I found relly weird characters (that are the same size as the Great Wall) near it. I don't know what these characters mean, so here is ...
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What is the meaning of the last part of this sentence?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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What is the difference between 比如 and 例如

I know both can mean "for example/such as/for instance". They are most likely synonyms but even synonyms have slight subtle differences in precise meaning and usage. I know that 例 can be used alone: (...
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Which kanji is this: 氵+ 十? [closed]

氵and 十 are the left and right components and the kanji is shown in "Spirited away" but I can't find it in any dictionary. Thank you in advance
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What is the meaning of 凡属?

What is the meaning of this word? I used to see it in a batch of examples. Most recent ones: 如买方提出索赔,凡属品质异议须于货到目的口岸之日起30天内提出 上级机关的决议,凡属要一点的,必须迅速传达
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What do 为至 and 即随之而至 mean?

First phrase: 身死无名为至愚. Second one: 他的犯罪记录即随之而至. What would be a good way to translate those phrases?
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Does xiang (third tone) mean “want” or “echo”?

I am reading this set of poems for my humanities class. One of the lines is: Supposedly, the last character is xiang with a third tone and it means to "sound" or "echo". But I thought this ...
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Does 告 posess negative connotation?

There was a discussion about different "talk" words in chinese. Here is the link: Roots of the difference between 谈,论,说,讲,议, 叙,言,报,告 And there was an explanation of 告. 告 (gao4) consists of the ...
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Difference Between 计算机 and 电脑

What's the difference between 计算机 and 电脑?Do they have the same meaning? They both mean computer, but does the meaning differ between regions, or something else? Or are they completely synonymous?
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Why 息 means news?

Why 息 means news? Etymology suggest it means "rest" - "From nose indicating breath and also phonetic 自 and heart or chest 心. Meaning to rest." sorce: http://chineseetymology.org/CharacterEtymology....
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English translation for 来 in 你哪儿来的这么多书? compatible with a Chinese-to-English dictionary

I am a Caucasian American with English as my native language. I want to improve my knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language. I found the following question in Modern Chinese Beginner's Course 3, ...
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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How to express sarcasm?

As far as I know sarcasm is not commonly used in Chinese. In English and many other languages, sarcasm is a matter of pragmatics and usually expressed by applying different intonation or stressing ...