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Dec
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comment Difference between 合适 and 适合
I added a rough translation... I hope this helps.
Dec
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revised Difference between 合适 and 适合
added rough translation.
Dec
12
comment Difference between 合适 and 适合
@Dan Please tell me what doesn't sound right. Under "Comprehensive Chinese-English Dictionary" in the entry you mentioned it says that it is a verb,under the Collins it's an adjective. The Contemporary Chinese Dictionary remains the most authoritative and popular account of the modern Chinese language.
Dec
12
comment Difference between 合适 and 适合
I've heard that although both can be used as a predicate. E.g., 这种工作对他很合适 and 这件衣服适合你的体形 If 合适 is used as a predicate, it cannot be followed by a object. While 适合, must be follow by an object or another word when it is used as a predicate. I've seen conflicting uses of this online so I cannot be sure.
Dec
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answered Difference between 合适 and 适合
Dec
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Dec
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asked What is the difference between using 光 vs using 只?
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answered What is the difference between using 光 vs using 只?
Dec
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revised Another meaning of 同志
formatting, context clarification. (gay has other meanings, formal and informal)
Dec
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comment Another meaning of 同志
As a side note, 同志 can also be used to refer to bisexual and transgendered people.
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Nov
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revised What is the meaning of 报 here?
added examples in Chinese.
Nov
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answered What is the meaning of 报 here?
Aug
29
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@jogloran Can you tell me where I am mistaken? I realize that this might differ depending on dialect. It is to my understanding that since the p, t, k stops occur only in syllable final position & are unreleased, there is an unavoidable addition of a glottal stop before any following vowel, creating an overall choppy feeling to the language. From what I've read, the glottal stop can be found in most of the Min dialects. I realize that standard Cantonese, spoken in Guangzhou region (including Hong Kong), does not have this sound, but can be found in 東莞 and 陽江 regions within Guangdong province.
Aug
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revised How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
struckout contested part about glottal stops.
Aug
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comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@jogloran To clarify my answer a bit more, the 3 other are not tones in phonetic sense. There are 9 different tones in 6 distinct tone contours. The 3 tones describe a syllable which ends in a stop consonant, such as p, t, k (a.k.a. "entering tones" (入聲), and since they are unreleased, they are considered glottal stops). Native speakers I've talked with explain it like you suck the air back in, instead of letting it out. e.g., compare: and here.
Jul
5
comment How to ask someone to take a photo?
You can also invite them to do so (请) or ask if you can inconvenience/trouble (麻烦) them, too. I.e. (能)[请/麻烦][你/您] + preposition + noun phrase + 吗.
Jul
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comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
@BertR My mistake, it was late when I typed that (I wasn't in the right state of mind). You are indeed correct that phrases such as 一般来说 and 由此可见 are not Chengyu (at all). They are in fact hypotactic phrases, which people often confuse as something else since the Chinese language is a (mostly) paratactic language. 总而言之 is another example of such a phrase.