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Nov
26
comment What's the correct classifier for `房子`?
@DrunkenMaster 一套房间 sounds unnatural to me. It is common to say 我买了一套房子 (I bought a home), 他有三套房子 (he has three homes), etc.
Nov
26
comment What's the correct classifier for `房子`?
套 is referring to the logical aspect (a 'set' of rooms that function as one home) and is not necessarily a building, 一套房子 can be an apartment unit.
Nov
26
comment Is there a difference in meaning between 那年夏天 and 那个夏天
@MattChambers It is natural to say 咱们一起去海边的那(一)年, 北京奥运那(一)年, 咱们一起去海边的那(一)个夏天. The omission of 的 is idiomatic and prosodic, there isn't a simple rule. In the last sentence, 那(一)个 is grammatically required unless you're writing poems.
Nov
25
answered Is there a difference in meaning between 那年夏天 and 那个夏天
Nov
25
answered Take a picture of me/for me (which preposition better translates)?
Nov
24
revised When should I use the 是…的 construction?
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Nov
24
answered When should I use the 是…的 construction?
Nov
24
comment What is the function of 甲 in 桂林山水甲天下?
Note 甲 as a verb to mean 'being top/first' is a usage from ancient Chinese and in modern Chinese it's only in particular set phrases like the one in your question. You cannot use it to make sentences on your own or it won't be understood.
Nov
23
answered Do people say “文学家?”
Nov
23
answered Using 色 with colors
Nov
23
answered What is the translation for 打出頭?
Nov
23
reviewed Looks OK When to use `他的太太` and when `他太太`?
Nov
23
comment Semantic Puns and Alternative Hanzi
Great question! I am curious to know the answer too. As a native speaker I have never been able to internalize the pronunciations for those characters, especially 甦. Every time I encounter one of those characters, I have to think for a second before reading out. It's not a familiarity issue because I don't have problem with other rare non-radical-phonetic characters that have radical with a strong phonetic 'hint'. I think there's something fundamentally incoherent within the composition of those characters.
Nov
21
reviewed No Action Needed Chengyu dictionary
Nov
21
reviewed Close why are there some people learning Chinese?
Nov
21
comment What is the difference in use between 以及, 和 and 与?
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Nov
21
reviewed Delete Oral Tradition: Chinese Folktales, Sayings, Ballads, Songs, Chants, Etc
Nov
19
comment How is 青 and 苍 used in classical Chinese to denote colors?
@DrunkenMaster I am not even sure if it really used to mean 'black clothes' at all... I've seen conflicting references and because this question is such a common myth, it's hard to tell which source is credible.
Nov
19
answered What is the difference between 专家 and 达人?
Nov
19
comment How is 青 and 苍 used in classical Chinese to denote colors?
This is completely my personal interpretation, but instead of concrete color(s), I always see 青 and 苍 as the blueish 'tone' that you can sense in many colors from aquamarine green to dark metal gray. Also my personal belief (without any proof) is that 青草 actually refers to the cyan grass as opposed to the yellow-green ones, and 青衣 is dark blue-black instead of pure black.