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Dec
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revised How to translate/understand “还不” in “还不是因为爱”
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Dec
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answered How to translate/understand “还不” in “还不是因为爱”
Dec
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comment Answering yes/no questions
let us continue this discussion in chat
Dec
17
comment Answering yes/no questions
I know. Every language has its own grammar and vocabulary, but there are some “usage" which is hard to explain. Perhaps I can't explain because I am not a linguist :)
Dec
17
comment Answering yes/no questions
why? That's hard to say. In many cases, you can't find the "logic" in language. Language is not Math.
Dec
17
comment Answering yes/no questions
I mean I will more like answer with the verb itself,but if the listener answers me with "是", I won't get surprised. That's oK. And if someone asks me "你妹妹明天来,是吗?", I wil more likely say “是" or “不是".
Dec
17
comment Answering yes/no questions
As a native speaker, I will answer with “来" and "不来", or “是" and "不是"(much less likely).
Dec
17
revised What is the proper usage of 而已 in Chinese?
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Dec
17
revised How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
Correct typos and add link to 康熙字典
Dec
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revised How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
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Dec
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revised How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
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Dec
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answered Is there a rule of thumb for distinguishing male and female names in Chinese?
Dec
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answered What is the proper usage of 而已 in Chinese?
Dec
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revised How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
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Dec
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answered How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?
Dec
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answered Why isn't 到 (dào) used in this sentence?
Dec
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comment Determine radicals for simplifed characters that lost their traditional form completely
may I start a new thread to explain how some characters are simplified and why there are criticisms on the simplification.
Dec
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comment Determine radicals for simplifed characters that lost their traditional form completely
You can determine its radical as you determine the radical of other character.The radical of “叶" is “口". I think you really concern "why 口 is used for 叶,while 口 has nothing to do with the leaf?", if so, you may propose a new question.
Dec
16
comment 但是, 可是 and 不过 - how to know which one to use?
I had so many typos... "they"should be "he"
Dec
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comment 但是, 可是 and 不过 - how to know which one to use?
@Cocowalla 可是 can mean "really"(to emphasize something). You can say “你可是犯了大错了!"(you really made a big mistake!). "不过” can mean "just,only", you can say ”他不过一岁,怎么可能认识这个字?"(he is just one year old, how can they read this character?)