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I'm a Canadian Ruby/Java/C developer, currently living in Kitwe, Zambia.


May
1
comment Stative verbs in Chinese: only for adjectives?
@dainichi, let me give you another example of what I'm referring to. In Chinese, "女人" is clearly a noun. No Chinese dictionary will say that it is an adjective. But I have heard a Chinese person saying of someone who is very feminine in her speech and dress: "她很女人". This is an example of 活用 -- "bending" language rules to achieve some effect or to express oneself in a unique way. Of course, this kind of "bending" or linguistic improvisation also occurs among English speakers, but not as much as in Chinese.
Jan
9
answered Is “你们好” (nǐmen hǎo) in actual use for greeting multiple people at once?
Dec
19
comment How to properly use 掉?
Yes, absolutely!
Dec
18
awarded  Editor
Dec
18
revised How to properly use 掉?
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Dec
18
answered How to properly use 掉?
Feb
1
awarded  Yearling
Feb
6
answered Is 再过[时间] the most common way of expressing “in [amount of time], something will happen”?
Feb
1
awarded  Teacher
Feb
1
comment Stative verbs in Chinese: only for adjectives?
Chinese seems to be a lot more flexible regarding part-of-speech distinctions than English. For example, 科学 is clearly a noun, but you can say that a certain idea is 不科学.
Feb
1
answered What's the meaning of 缘分 in English?
Feb
1
comment What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from?
When I was going to school in Taiwan many years ago, our teacher told us that 吃豆腐 just came from the fact that toufu is white and smooth, and girls who have light, smooth skin are thought of as beautiful. (Perhaps she just made it up?)
Feb
1
answered Replacement for “他一个人” when used in a sentence about an animal
Feb
1
answered What is the most common way to say 'indecisive' in Mandarin?
Feb
1
awarded  Supporter
Feb
1
awarded  Autobiographer
Feb
1
answered What is the difference between 通常,经常,and 常常?