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What does “大开大合” mean?

I checked this out, but I couldn't really understand the meaning behind it. 形容文思跌盪,放得開,收得攏。 Does it mean good introduction, and good conclusion or something similar?
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What is this mysterious elevator instruction: 禁止追逐打闹 or “prohibition of chasing”?

This instruction can be found on a notice inside the elevator in my office building in Tianjin: It says 禁止追逐打闹 (jìn​zhǐ zhuī​zhú​ dǎnào) which is translated to "prohibition of chasing". The icon ...
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和 or 或? When to use “and”s and “or”s

A very short, isolated question: No hopes or dreams In English, it's very clear that this is "neither hopes nor dreams" i.e. there are no hopes, and also no dreams. In Chinese, which word, 和 or ...
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How do you say an event will be casual?

Google translate tells me casual/unceremonious = "随便" But I always thought "随便" meant "whatever" I want to say "You can come over whenever, it will be casual"
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How to use 整 as in exactly

I"m trying to figure out the grammar/syntax behind using "整". I know that it means "Exactly" when used at the end of numbers, but I'm wondering does it come before or after the noun described by the ...
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A Golden Rule for When Chinese Repeat a Word Twice X Twice? 热热闹闹

I have come across several times reading Chinese that they repeat words twice and then again. For an Instance what is the difference between 热闹 and 热热闹闹 ? what is the grammar meaning when words get ...
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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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Meaning of text on poster [closed]

For many years ago I went to China and bought a poster. Now i really wonder what the charcters mean. I tried downloading some programs, but I couldn't translate the text. I understand this is not a ...
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What's the difference between 了, 著 and 到 when used as verb complements?

I need help with sorting out the difference between 了, 著 and 到 when used as verb complements. I have learnt most of my Chinese in Taiwan and in my experience, Taiwanese people don't use 著 as a verb ...
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Neutral tone and erhua (儿化) working as a word distinguisher

I know there are some words in which the use of neutral tone distinguish them the word from their non neutral equivalent, like: 东西 - dong1xi1 - from east to west 东西 - dong1xi - thing 虾子 - xia1zi3 - ...
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How to say those mouth-watering Chinese dishes names in Chinese? [closed]

Chinese food is delicious. For example, beef noodles (牛肉面) is one of my favorites. Fried noodle (炒面) and fried rice with shrimp(虾仁炒饭)are also yummy. Q: How to say other mouth-watering Chinese dishes ...
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Do people say 有能力 <do something> or 有 <do something> 的能力

I've always been a bit confused about the order of using 有能力 and I'm hoping someone can clarify. Do people say "有能力 do something" or "有 do something 的能力"? For example, could I say "他没有能力写代码?”
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Is 清明节 actually Easter? [closed]

It is Easter in England, and 清明节 in China. Is this a coincidence, or are these festivals actually one and the same moon related ancient celebration?
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How do I say “The story has to have a moral”?

Is there any way to say that when you write a story, it has to "have a moral"? (i.e. it has to teach you something). Is there a clear translation for that in Chinese?
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In what contexts would I use 由?

I know that 由 means through/via or from but I'm not sure exactly what contexts to use this in. For example the dictionary has this example sentence: 运输问题由他们解决。 I understand this but I would have ...
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How to say X were said to do Y?

Example: The hijackers were said to demand the plane to fly to Iran The only think I could think of was 有人告訴 (somebody said), and putting it at the beginning, like: 有人告訴劫機者... Is this ...
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What is a one-character translation of the English word “Freedom”?

I've been trying to find a single-character translation of the word "freedom," but I can't seem to find one anywhere. The best translation I can find is, of course, 自由, which seems to be a fairly ...
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129 views

Meaning of these signs

Could someone please tell me what these signs mean, the OCR couldn't read them.
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Hong Kong Cantonese: Derogatory Terms For Mainlanders

What derogatory terms are there for mainlanders in Hong Kong Cantonese? I know there are a lot of terms that start with 北 but I'm not sure of specific ones.
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What does '所至‘ mean?

What's the best way to think of the phrase in English? It seems to be a very formal sort of expression. For example, "多数是工作时数超长疲劳所至." Thanks, Rachel (Edit: Thank you. I didn't realize it was a ...
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How to say “thank you for …”?

In order to say "thank you", I can say 谢谢 or 谢谢你. What if I want to be more specific and say "thank you for (something)"? As an example, suppose I was invited for dinner at someone's place, and I ...
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help translating complex sentence [closed]

there are some sentences, I can not understand here are: 1) 为什么一有缺憾就拼命去补足? 2) 这个圆满就有了缺憾;但正因缺憾,未来就有了无限的转机,无限的可能性, these two sentences I dont understand can you translate and explain?
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What role does 的 play in the sentence 我不明白你刚说的第一句话?

I take 我不明白你刚说的第一句话 to mean "I don't understand what you said in the first line" I'm trying to understand what 的 does in this sentence (or grammar function). Relatedly, would it be possible to omit ...
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How to use 主持 in composition

I know the basic meaning of 主持, which is "taking charge of". But I don't know how and on what occasion I can use this word. Can I just use this for all the things which someone is responsible for? ...
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Differences: 别的 vs 其他 vs 另外 (other)

Well, the question is in the title... I'd be very thankful for an explanation, but also: Could you give examples of cases where they are and are not interchangeable? Can I use them for "where are ...
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What does “犊不畏虎” mean?

I would like to know what the following Chinese expression means. 犊不畏虎。 I know what it literally means by deciphering the meanings of individual Chinese characters, that a calf is not afraid of a ...
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血: xuè , xiě, what's the difference?

Is there some sort of logical rule for when 血 is xuè and when it is xiě?
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There's some blurry text I cant quite read, any ideas what it is/means?

準繫詞語 is my best guess as to what it says, what does this mean? I know it's some kind of word class description, but these jerks wrote it in 繁体字 in the smallest font possible... ( and/or Im an idiot) ...
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What does 了 mean in this sentence?

Is it a verb? A past tense maker? Which is its function of 了 in this sentence? 曾在新西兰Berger king 做过汉堡,当过收银员。这份工作让我认识到了团队合作的重要 Thanks!!
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How to translate “我爱的很野不会说谎等不等你都是一样” in English?

I am trying to translate this sentence, but I don't think that I am going on the right way. I don't know how to reach the final. Sentence: 我爱的很野不会说谎等不等你都是一样 Pinyin: wǒ ài de hěn yě búhuì shuōhuǎng ...
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What are the differences between 香港繁體, 澳門繁體 and 台灣正體?

Wikipedia, as far as I can tell, has three options for what we would probably just call traditional Chinese in English: 香港繁體 澳門繁體 台灣正體 Aside from proportions, shapes, sizes (and 台灣正體's ...
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What does 旧币 refer to exactly?

Entry for 叫当 from 《成都大辞典》 It mentions a pair of pants might be hawked for: 一千六百元 (旧币) and a 衫子 might be hawked for 二千元 The definition does mention 铜钱, but I'm not entirely sure what 旧币 ...
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美国意大利黑帮 - Expressing location without 在?

Yesterday in class I was correcting the mistakes in my translation together with my teacher. He gave us an article about the mafia in America and the Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International ...
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Typing Chinese radicals?

Is there a way to type radicals on a computer? I'd like to insert some in a document I'm writing but I'm not sure how to write those that don't correspond to an actual word. Any tips? Thanks!
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How to translate “曖昧” into English?

I found there is no exact word to translate this phrase. Is there a way to describe this status?
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Would this sentence be grammatically correct?

I'm practicing with the words 以前 and 以后. Using the word 以前, I came up with this sentence: 我一分钟以前刚刚看到他! My English intention was to make this sentence: I just saw him a minute ago! I was ...
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Cantonese 咁: adverb suffix?

I know 咁 means "so", as in "so big" = "gam daai". However, I just found this sentence: 我仲未失望咁係度等 Ngo5 zung6-mei6 sat1-mong6 gam3 hai6 dou6 dang2 In which I think it ought to be interpreted ...
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How would you translate The Martian's: “I'm going to science the s*** out of this”?

This is China's in theater subtitle version: 我得他妈的想办法活下去 A streaming video version: 只能开动脑筋想办法自救 Can you do better than the above? Namely by incorporating science into it, both of which don't include ...
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Lowest pixel resolution needed to support Chinese?

We are creating a product which has an small embedded OLED display (64 x 48 pixels). We would love to support Chinese in this product and wonder what is that smallest resolution that would be needed ...
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What is the correct orientation of “ㄧ” in zhuyin fuhao?

In zhuyin fuhao (bopomofo), "ㄧ" is equal to "i" or "yi" in Hanyu pinyin. I have noticed, when displayed on my computer, even with very complete fonts, I see a vertical line (similar to "|"), but when ...
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Chinese/English/Pinyin Books For Young Adult Readers

I'm looking for some medium level Chinese books to read. Most of the books I can find in Chinese are aimed at more fluent speakers or for the very beginners but I'd like somewhere in between. Ideally ...
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99 views

What is the difference between 款式 and 格式

I know both of them mean "style", but don't know the difference between the two words. Can somebody tell me the difference? I would appreciate it
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What does 狸猫换太子 mean?

I came across this in a Chinese television show where someone says: "咱们狸猫换太子的计划". I can't figure out what "狸猫换太子" could mean. To my knowledge this means: "Leopard exchange for Crown Prince". Which ...
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What readers are available at the 1,000 word level?

I want to improve my reading and grammar skills by finding interesting things to read. What graded readers, basic textbooks, magazines, and other reading materials are available for adult students who ...
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How to say “post” as in “post something online”?

I can't find a dictionary translation of the word "post". For example, Did you see what I posted on Facebook? or Have you seen my post on my Moments (Wechat)? Update: What do they say in ...
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Why is “他在椅子上坐” wrong?

Need help urgently!! Question #1: What are the differences between these three sentences: 1) 他坐在椅子上 2) 他在椅子上坐着 3) 他在椅子上坐 (wrong) Question #2: Why is "他在椅子上坐" wrong? Thank you in advance!
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Something I came across in a movie 你说它真它就真说它假

I came across this in a Chinese television show, which I would like some help to translate. 你说它真它就真,说它假它就假,它是真真假假假假真真谁也弄不明白. The first part I do understand. It means: "If you say it is real then it ...
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Is it 一些东西 or 一点东西?

I know that 东西 translates to "something" in English. So I would like to know, can both 一些东西 and 一点东西 be used? If so, what are their differences in meaning?

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