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May
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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.
Dec
19
comment How to properly use 掉?
Yes, absolutely!
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
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?)