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comment What does the `的` mean in `我是九点去上班的`?
@EdwardFox The problem with the "Context matters" argument is that tense in Chinese, no matter the grammar pattern, always depends on context. So while 今天我是在学校就把作业做完了的 does imply past tense in that context, so could 今天我在学校就把作业做完了.
Jul
21
comment What is the meaning of 么?
Thanks. This is exactly what I was looking for.
Jul
21
accepted What is the meaning of 么?
Jul
20
comment What is the meaning of 么?
Right...but what does that suffix mean? Does it have a meaning?
Jul
20
asked What is the meaning of 么?
Sep
22
answered Can I use "我知道“ to say I know some kind of food?
Sep
19
revised What does the `的` mean in `我是九点去上班的`?
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Sep
19
answered What does the `的` mean in `我是九点去上班的`?
Jul
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comment What is a one-character translation of the English word “Freedom”?
Written into a poem, actually. Close!
Jun
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May
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comment NY Times 翻译: He presented the choice in binary terms - 他用非此即彼的二元论来表述这个选择. Too complex?
非此即彼 is a philosophical term (in English it's called "Either/Or"). I think this translation is much too complex.
Mar
21
comment Use of 以 in 臣以弑君、可謂仁呼
I think you're pretty much there. I'd translate it in this context as something close to "in order to."
Mar
9
comment Confusion when describing the location of something using A在B的location pattern?
What exactly is your question?
Jan
21
comment Questions on “的话”
My question is not about its usage or meaning, but rather about the origin. I know how to use it and do frequently, with and without 如果.
Jan
10
accepted Questions on “的话”
Jan
10
comment Questions on “的话”
Thank you for your rather thorough response.
Jan
9
comment Questions on “的话”
I know the meaning and the usage. I just don't know why that's the meaning and usage. Take this example: 你想看的话.... It translates to "If you want to watch..." but literally is, what, "You-want-to-watch type of words"? My best guess for meaning is "(In regards to) the words/case of you wanting to watch..." Does that sound right?
Jan
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Jan
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revised How would you say 绵延不绝的小山 and 一望无际的田野 in English
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