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comment Which term and which counter to use when ordering simple meals?
Very often you name (for example) three things on the menu, or point to them on the menu, or point to them in a tray, and either the counterperson asks "一个一个一个?" or you volunteer "一个一个一个." No noun needed.
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comment Chinese countable/uncountable nouns (How do they work? Examples?)
That site is entirely veracious. But it does not offer a counterexample to what 倪阔乐 and sotondolphin say in their answers. The site notes you can think of time as passing, or as extended, or as counted by units. It is not about any claimed distinction of count nouns from others in Chinese. Glad to be of service.
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comment Chinese countable/uncountable nouns (How do they work? Examples?)
Contrary to what you believe about the site you linked, 时间 has a measure word. It is 段, though 时间 usually occurs without measure word. Basically any noun can occur without a measure word. You can say "我怕蛇/I fear snakes." But 蛇/snake still has a measure word (条).
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revised When to use 了 and 的?
Related this question to another by same OP.
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answered When to use 了 and 的?
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awarded  Yearling
Aug
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comment Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
Thanks for a helpful answer. But this list combines the erhua in 普通话水平测试用普通话词语表 with that in the 现代汉语词典. A lot of web pages give at least parts of the 普通话水平测试用普通话词语表, spread out in groups of 100 at a time at separate URLs. I do not know if the whole could be assembled by following those. Or maybe some website has the whole thing but I have not found it yet.
Aug
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revised Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
Clarified what sense of Putonghua I am asking about.
Aug
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comment Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
@user3306356 No, the 普通話水平測試 tests conformity to precise language standards created pursuant to article 19 of the constitution of the PRC, along with Hanyu Pinyin and the character simplification. This Putonghua is not a "diverse group of dialects spoken in northern and southwestern China." It is what Wikipedia's page on Standard Chinese calls "the official definition" of Putonghua by the People's Republic of China. I apologize if I sounded grumpy. I guess you really did not know this.
Aug
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comment Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
@user3306356 That article says "This article uses the term "Mandarin" in the sense used by linguists, referring to the diverse group of dialects spoken in northern and southwestern China, which Chinese linguists call Guānhuà." It is not about the official language Putonghua of the PRC. User, are you seriously unclear as to what is the official language of the PRC, or are you just somehow put out by the question?
Aug
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comment Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
Wikipedia has no page on Mandarin. They have "Standard Chinese," which they regard as grouping many usages since 1900 in various Chinese speaking regions. That page refers to "the official definition of the People's Republic of China" but does not describe it. I am trying to find the current official definition, particularly which cases of erhua are official.
Aug
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comment Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
@user3306356 Can anyone help me find an English version of the current official description of Putonghua? Or at least an official vocabulary list?
Aug
10
comment How polite is too polite?
@Bolu Could you add what part of the mainland you know?
Aug
10
comment How polite is too polite?
@Phil 别客气 or 不谢 are also polite responses to a "thank you" when you really were right to say thank you.
Aug
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asked Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English
Aug
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answered Pinyinated 'm' with four tone marks?
Jul
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comment Accepting compliments (without rejecting them)
You can say 你太客气/you are too kind. But basically I support Semaphore's objection to the question. When people ask "how are you?" do you feel a need to tell them how you are? If not, then when people pay you a compliment maybe you could forego telling them how true you think it is.
Jul
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comment How offensive is 他妈的?
For comparison, what would you advise a non-English speaker about when to say "fucking" in English?
Jul
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awarded  Teacher
Jul
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answered How did 东西 come to mean “something” in the expression “吃东西”?