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Aug
27
comment What is 人 doing in 你现在人在哪里?
In English, it's more natural to explicitly specify the location - "Where are you in the mall?" or "Where are you in the carpark?"
Aug
27
comment Difference between 活 and 住?
I think it serves if you are to look up the definition of to live. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/live . Once you understand the difference between the different senses of to live, you will naturally understand the difference between 活 and 住.
Aug
27
comment Ordering food from a menu in a restaurant
来 seems to be more common from my experience. Just to confuse the matter further, you could also say 请给我来一份牛排套餐
Aug
27
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Aug
26
comment Tips for multiple-pronunciation characters (多音字)
Same concept really.
Aug
25
comment Tips for multiple-pronunciation characters (多音字)
You mean heteronyms?
Aug
23
comment Are “我在哪里可以买火车票” and “我哪里可以买火车票” both correct sentences?
I think this should be a comment to BertR's answer as it does not really add anything new.
Aug
20
comment Visual puns and phrases
+1 for linking to Wiktionary.
Aug
20
comment What dialect could this be? (Southern China)
"with the "w" being weaker than a normal [w]". Not sure what you mean by weaker? Weaker how?
Aug
17
comment Table-tennis table: 乒乓球桌, 乒乓球台 or 乒乓球案子?
Thanks @NS.X. I thought so. 案子 used in this way just sounds so Northern to me. The only time I (I was originally from Shanghai) would use 案子 is in the sense of a crime case.
Aug
17
answered Table-tennis table: 乒乓球桌, 乒乓球台 or 乒乓球案子?
Aug
15
comment Language Learning Software That Teaches Mechanics (Not Phrases)
Are you talking about grammar?
Aug
14
comment How to pronounce “下载”
It's about how it's said in reality. In reality, I personally have never heard anyone use xiàzài. Chinese dictionaries have a tendency to be prescriptive.
Aug
14
comment 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
Did you mean "In oral Chinese 国 is seldomly used on its own?"
Aug
14
comment How to pronounce “下载”
Interesting. I have always pronounced 载 in 载歌载舞 in the third tone. No one ever pointed it out to me :(.
Aug
13
comment Is there any website of where I can look up the origins of a Chinese character?
Who is Richard?? Richard Gere?
Aug
13
comment What is 被 doing in sentence “这种病在三十年前就被根除了”?
@drHannibalLecter I am not sure what your native language's rule on passivization is, but as a general rule, any transitive verbs can be passivized with 被 in Chinese similar to the 'to be + past participle' structure in English. So a list wouldn't make any sense here, as transitive verbs are usually productive (as in new verbs can be created and put in use).
Aug
12
comment What is 被 doing in sentence “这种病在三十年前就被根除了”?
@NS.X. I prefer to think of this as an example of an ergative verb. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ergative_verb There are many ergative verbs in Chinese, just like in English. Another example would be 打敗 (to defeat someone, or to lose).
Aug
12
comment 询问奸雄所见略同的由来 and how does it relate to chinese
Just following Fivesheep's trail of thought, instead of saying 'gread minds think alike', you could say 'evil minds think alike'. The gist is the same really.
Aug
12
comment What is the meaning of 老不死 exactly?
+1 for old fart. Can't think of a better translation than that!