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Aug
4
comment 信子 meaning “tongue”
What is 'KEY' and 'ABC'?
Aug
2
comment Can 斋戒 vs. 禁食 which one is used for “Fasting for ramadan”
@Stephen Yes 守斋 is a verb and is perfect for your sentences.
Aug
2
comment Can 斋戒 vs. 禁食 which one is used for “Fasting for ramadan”
@Stephen I think generally 斋戒 as a verb is unnatural, but you can make it work with some phrasing tricks, like '他每天早上四点到晚上六点都要斋戒' - this sentence is very acceptable in spoken language, though a simple grammatical analysis would reveal the issue.
Aug
1
comment Requesting an English translation for 来 in 你哪儿来的这么多书? compatible with a Chinese-to-English dictionary
On a completely unrelated note, the ID of this question is 8888. Welcome to the site and may good fortune be with you:)
Aug
1
comment Can 斋戒 vs. 禁食 which one is used for “Fasting for ramadan”
@Alex I don't feel the difference between 禁食 and 禁止禁食 like you do. Since not to take water is a much more difficult task than not to eat, in my experience it's made explicit all the time like when the doctor asks you not to drink water before blood test. Of course 禁水 can mean 'forbid to use water' depending on the context but I don't think that usage is exclusive.
Jul
28
comment Do you use 个 when describing distances/weights?
Good explanation, but the example sounds artificial - in real life scenario it would be phrased differently to avoid any possible ambiguity, e.g. 本文中公斤一词出现了几次.
Jul
28
comment Can you use 丰富 to describe a day?
@user3306356 充实 (meaningful) fits this sentence structure better but it doesn't have the same meaning as 丰富 (plentiful). To preserve that meaning I'd prefer 今天的*活动*很丰富.
Jul
27
comment Is there a single word for “無用”
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Jul
22
comment What's the Mandarin equivalent of “定係”?
Using 还是 at the beginning of a sentence is colloquial/informal but not awkward, if by awkward you're referring to lack of language proficiency.
Jul
22
comment Third tone sandhi: when (if ever) does 3 3 become 3 0 instead of 2 3?
@Claw That answer explains the phenomenon very well, but I don't think the question is a dupe.
Jul
21
comment When will we use 来 and 到 after a verb?
@Ming Not exact dupe. The first example 我回来了 is the classic 'come/go' question. The second example is close but the linked answer did not cover '来' as a resultative complement.
Jul
20
comment Is there a comprehensive list of separable verbs/离合动词 anywhere?
I think this is a valid question if you're looking to programmatically processing for the language, however, if you're learning the language yourself, you should take @孤影萍踪's advice.
Jul
16
comment How do game and program developers solve the pinyin input problem in their programs
What game is this?
Jul
12
comment Dialects/Topolects: Tone Marks?
@user3306356 I think that name is inherited from ancient time when the tonal system is more akin to today's Cantonese. I am certain that in modern Mandarin, the absolute pitch for individual characters is mainly determined by the tone of the sentence, which is very different from Cantonese.
Jul
7
comment Can someone translate this charm?
If this is meant to be a Chinese character, it is which means 'laughter, smile'.
Jul
7
comment Dialects/Topolects: Tone Marks?
I don't know if the pitch notation, or tone value as you called it, is applicable to Mandarin. Unlike in Cantonese, in Mandarin 11, 22, 33, 44, 55 are all correct ways to pronounce the 1st tone, that's why we need tone marks to represent the change in tone instead of the absolute height of the tones.
Jul
7
comment 意饺: English Translation?
Besides those on the list, calzone is also translated into 意大利饺子.
Jul
2
comment Loanwords with Chinese Equivalents
@user58955 For 'fish filet' they may want to sound fancy; for 'filet mignon' I would say they simply couldn't find the authentic Chinese word for it.
Jul
2
comment Mandarin Equivalent: “duh!”
@Cheng 'bullshit' is 胡说, which indicates an incorrect statement, while 废话 means stating the obvious/unnecessary but correct thing.
Jun
30
comment What does 非也 mean?
非也 is an expression in classical Chinese. It's like to say 'no' in Old English. It can be used in a modern Chinese dialogue to sound humorous, sarcastic or pedantic.