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revised How do we know what characters correspond to Chinese names?
actually answered the question
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revised How do we know what characters correspond to Chinese names?
actually answered the question
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comment How do we know what characters correspond to Chinese names?
My bad, usually people ask. Like people asking if a person's name is spelled a certain way, most Chinese people ask is it is a certain character. E.g., Your surname is 'Li'? Is that 'Li' as in plum () or 'Li' as in reason () ?
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comment How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
Take a look at the methods and rules of simplification, they're fairly consistent: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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answered How do we know what characters correspond to Chinese names?
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comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@NullUserException What I mean by that was that both dialects can recognize the characters themselves, rather than the words they form. You recognize that an "a" is an the letter "a," but you might not know what "le caoutchouc" means.
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revised Why isn't 到 (dào) used in this sentence?
more elaboraton on usage of 到
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answered Why isn't 到 (dào) used in this sentence?
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revised Tense and use of 了
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comment Tense and use of 了
@Cocowalla In this context is indicating a change in time. It can also be used to indicate a change in the weather or in seasons. E.g., 春天了, 天气暖和了, 三点半了. In a similar context, can also be used to indicate a change of situation. E.g., 现在我不是老师了.
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revised Tense and use of 了
more context
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answered How offensive is 他妈的?
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revised Tense and use of 了
added usage with adjective/noun, formatting
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revised Tense and use of 了
edited body
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revised Tense and use of 了
let's not lets
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awarded  Supporter
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answered Where is the correct place to use 您 when addressing others?
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answered What is the best way to teach a child Mandarin?
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comment Tense and use of 了
Basically if 要/會/就/快 appears before the verb or any time specification appears before the subject (except with 快), 了 can be used to indicate future tense. But with 快, you can't use a construct of time like the word "yesterday." There are other verbs when used as a modal do the same/similar things, but these are usually the most common ones.