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Why do 嬲, 嫐 mean "play with; flirt with; angry"?

Tianjin Qin's answer alludes to the answer, but can you please expatiate the semantic relationship between 嬲 (Man-Woman-Man), 嫐 (Woman-Man-Woman) with teasing? Do 嬲, 嫐 symbolize peer pressure or ...
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Is there phonetic stress in questions?

他最喜欢谁? 他最喜欢小明。 每个人买了什么? 每个人买了菜。 Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I learnt that the main stress of the sentence when you're answering a question is on the part that is actually the answer. So the bolded ...
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What does 所 in 十目所視 do?

What does 所 in 十目所視 do? Is it some kind of grammar here? This is the definition of 所 from my dicitonary: 所 所 suǒ actually; place; classifier for houses, small buildings, institutions etc; that ...
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Difference between 事儿 vs 东西

What is the difference in meaning between 事儿 and 东西. As far as I understand both mean "thing". All help is appreciated.
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With the meaning of lying down, what's the difference between these three characters? 躺 vs 卧 vs 趴

With the meaning of lying down, what's the difference between these three characters? 躺 vs 卧 vs 趴
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What is the best AI Chinese chat app/website? [closed]

I am searching for an Android app or website for chatting in Chinese using AI (Artificial Intelligence). A way where I can learn and improve my skills as well. xiaoice is an AI Chinese chatbot, but I ...
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Please help me change these sentences using 不止

I'm not sure what I changed are correct or not. 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不會只有70歲吧? -> 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不止70歲吧? 愛闖紅燈的,並不是只有騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 -> 愛闖紅燈的,不止是騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 王小姐家不但她能幹,她兩個姐姐也是女強人。 -> 王小姐家不止她能幹,...
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How can I write the Chinese enumeration comma "、" on Win10 keyboard?

I found out that I can write the Chinese colon ":" with Shift + (key right from L). Now I need to know how to write the enumeration comma. The existing Q&A threads did not help. I would ...
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I'm trying to say sad but in a metaphorical sense. Is there a 'simple' word for (light) sad in chinese?

I want to express how (lightly) sad something is e.g. it's sad that children do not go out to play anymore. it's sad she couldn't make it to my birthday party. but all the translations for sad are ...
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Confusing structure in 这一个是要给李芳的

这一个是要给李芳的。 I understand by the context that it is referring to a gift(礼物)for 李芳. And the sentence is translated like "this one is for 李芳." But why is 要 in the sentence? Cause if it has the ...
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How can I write the Chinese colon ":" on Win10 keyboard?

I couldn't any information on this question whatsoever and I tried every thinkable combination of keys... Please can someone help? It gets a little annoying when I have to write Chinese texts that I ...
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Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'?

Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'? Is there any difference and if so what are they?
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Are 赢 and 蠃 somwhow related?

Does anyone knows how/if the wasp character 蠃 is related to win 赢 character? Online searches came up empty.
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Is there any difference between 见到 and 见着?

Person 1 says: 我不想再见到你 Person 2 says: 谁想再见着你 Why does Person 1 use the word 见到 and Person 2 use the word 见着? Is there any different meaning between using 见到 and 见着 in this context?
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该讲不该讲 vs. 当讲不当讲

有句话不知该讲不该讲。 In 古代 dramas they used it quite a bit. But I have also heard the 当讲不当讲 version. It has always been in a situation where a lower ranking personnel was addressing a higher. Are there any ...
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Are these sentences interchangeable?

一。这个布丁很美味真的。 二。这个布丁真的很美味。 Are they both correct and intechangeable?
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

I am confused by the use of 上下 in the sentence: 这套房子是上下两层的,楼下是客厅,楼上有三个房间。 This house has two floors, the living room is downstairs, and there are three rooms upstairs. I understand 上下 as up and down,...
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What is the zhuyin for the onomatopoei bia1

Seeing that my existing code to map pinyin to zhuyin has no mapping for biā .. ao: "ㄠ", ba: "ㄅㄚ", bai: "ㄅㄞ", ban: "ㄅㄢ", bang: "ㄅㄤ", bao: "ㄅㄠ"...
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translating different negations ( 没,无,非,未.) in a single sentence

I am a little bit at loss with the following sentence as it uses four different negations: "朴世堂沒有說無用於日常之說非古之道,也未說因此而不需要它,但是他指出,程子之說未能明示性的本質". I am not sure how to translate them into English ...
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How do I order the adjectives for describing hair?

I have found multiple posts that state that adjectival order in Chinese can be challenging. I understand that I can say 我有棕色的短发 for I have short, brown hair but I'm struggling to find any resources to ...
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Words that must be used together with no meaning alone

I really encountered 乒乓 (pingpong/table tennis) and 曱甴 (cockroach). Are there other words that were created for this usage? Must be used together with no meaning individually? I feel these words are ...
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Why is 有 used in 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学?

I was studing how to say school subjects in mandarin and I saw this sentence: 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学 (My favorite school subjects are art, chinese and chemistry) Why the use of 有 in this sentecence? Could I ...
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Is writing characters top-to-bottom and then left-to-right acceptable?

I know 草莓西瓜果泥 reads STRAWBERRY WATERMELON PUREE Would this be acceptable too? 草 西 果 莓 瓜 泥
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Tonal evolution of 俘?

Looking at the character『俘』 In Soutwestern Mandarin it takes 阴平: 《现代汉语方言音库 • 成都话音档》 俘 fu⁵⁵ In Cantonese it looks to also take 阴平: (Jyutping): fu1 Hokkien, also, maybe 阴平: /hu⁴⁴/. I'm seeing ...
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Which question is grammatical? 只有丽丽买了什么?or 什么只有丽丽买了?

I am trying to understand questions that require you to move the question word to the front of the sentence. So I learnt that 只有丽丽买了什么书?is wrong, I have to say 什么书只有丽丽买了? What I would like to ask is ...
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Does 来 mean "bring"?

In the sentence "来一瓶啤酒", what does the word "来" mean? I guess, it means "to bring". But I couldn't find this meaning for the word "来" in the MDBG dictionary.
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Why do people say “你死了这条心吧” instead of “这颗心”?

I thought the classifier of "心" is always "颗" or "个"? But why here is more common to use "条"?
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Is this a proper way of using 虽然?

因为锻炼也是我的兴趣,我可以用你的录像学汉语。虽然我还在汉语水平考试级3 Or does 虽然 always need a 但是/可是?And is the structure of the sentence alright, or does it sound too novice?
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Is 易牙 really a compliment?

I have only ever known 易牙 is connection to cooking up his own child. 《汉语大词典》 人名。又称 狄牙 、 雍巫 。 春秋 时 齐桓公 宠臣, 长于调味, 善逢迎, 传说曾烹其子为羹以献 桓公 。见《左传·僖公十七年》、《战国策·魏策二》、《史记·齐太公世家》。后多以指善烹调者。 Hanyu Da Cidian, ...
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Word order in a question such as "who was the person who bought the cup"?

I passed HSK 1 as a self-learner (using the official coursebook) but there were a few grammar points I could not find in the book (and did not know). I do not know the official name of this grammar so ...
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Creation of Chinese characters throughout history?

The Shuowen Jiezi, compiled around 100 AD, contain entries for some 10,000 Chinese characters. The Kangxi Dictionary, compiled almost two millennia later, contain over 47,000 characters. Of the ...
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說苑 Chapter 16, 小人以耳目導心

Chapter 16 of 說苑 contains the following: 聖人以心導耳目,小人以耳目導心。 The literal meaning is quite obvious. But I'm not sure what the author is trying to convey. In particular, what's wrong with letting your ...
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Is 各行各业 equivalent to “all walks of life”?

各行各业 was from of Google Translate.
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論語 4-5 裡的「之」指甚麼? What does 之 refer to?

I speak modern Mandarin. I'm trying to learn classical Chinese. Reading Van Norden's Guide for absolute beginners, I'm stuck in Lesson 7, Analects 4.5: 「子曰。富與貴。是人之所欲也。不以其道得之。不處也。貧與賤。是人之所惡也。不以其道得之。不去也。」...
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How do you type this in Chinese?

I want to be able to type this in Chinese but I cannot recognize the characters.
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十万八千里 meaning great distance?

In Chinese, 十萬八千里; 十万八千里; shí wàn bā qiān lǐ, 108,000 li, means a great distance. Does anyone knows why they chose 108,000? Is there a poem or historical reason behind this number?
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Could some one Interpret this for me please? TY [migrated]

Could some one interpret this for me? Please and thank you!
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Other uses of 中

What’s the difference between 办法 and 办法中? I found the latter in: 他告诉我三百六十种办法中的每一种。 But I cannot make sense of why 中 is in this sentence. I read a few answers related to 中 here but I’m not quite sure “...
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"在市中心的这家意大利饭馆很好。" or " 这家在市中心的意大利饭馆很好。" Regarding word order and grammar, are both these sentences correct?

"在市中心的这家意大利饭馆很好。" or " 这家在市中心的意大利饭馆很好。" Regarding word order and grammar, are both these sentences correct? The first sentence comes from some learning material, so I assume it's ...
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Help understanding this sentence “你不会不明白的”

I saw this sentence when I was watching a TV play. I don't understand what it means. The heroine said this to the hero. My brother thinks this sentence means "you don't understand". However, ...
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Does this phrase 斩草除根 exist in dramas only?

So, I have been watching quite a bit of 古代 dramas。 I will say most if not all of them have the situation where this phrase comes up. Does this phrase exist in the dramas only or did this actually ...
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"她从他的邻居那里借了一把铁锹,现在他正在用这把铁锹挖泥土。" What does "那里" contribute to this sentence's meaning?

"她从他的邻居那里借了一把铁锹,现在他正在用这把铁锹挖泥土。" In the first half of this sentence, the speaker uses "那里." I'd love to know how it affects the meaning of the sentence. For example, if we remove 那里,...
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How do I stop repeatedly mispronouncing the 3-2 tone combination?

死亡 抢劫 坦白 转移 隐瞒 走廊 本人 补偿 引擎 种族 赌博 企图 场合 解除 典型 嘴唇 指责 肿瘤 永恒 野蛮 本能 抵达 往常 妥协 挽回 祖国 履行 演习 沼泽 导航 准则 饮食 审查 谴责 品尝 可行 水泥 采集 等级 反常 否则 北极 储存 歹徒 反驳 考察 起源 管辖 起伏 选拔 敏捷 腐蚀 启程 礼节 表决 转达 委员 口头 阻挠 主流 咀嚼 阻拦 缓和 勇于 转折 改良 总和 ...
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Borrowed cantonese word for “normal”

I have been watching local Hong Kong food reviews and have been hearing the word “lo1mou2” being said again and again. I have been wondering for a very long time what this word could have meant. A ...
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How do I get from 菩 to Bodhisattva?

Can Anyone shine a light on how does 菩 relate to the concept of Bodhisattva/ enlightenment? From what I’ve found online this 汉字 is originally related to ‘spit’ and that just doesn’t make sense to me. ...
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Help understanding the Min song 追追追

Cross-post notice I already posted the question here, but have since received only one helpful answer, which promised "more later" but never came back with "more". Since it's been ...
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Correct understanding and use and of the words in 全都是用爷爷的番茄,生菜和黄瓜做的。

In the sentence 全都是用爷爷的番茄,生菜和黄瓜做的。 全都是 is a adverb to say without exception. 用 is a preposition to say "with" 爷爷的番茄 , is the object 生菜和黄瓜做 ,is the other part of the object and 做的 , is the ...
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常用于词典里的用于分项列举的各项之间的分号有什么意义?它的意义是“和”、“或”还是“和或者或”?

《中华人民共和国国家标准》的“标点符号用法”一章(链接:http://www.moe.gov.cn/ewebeditor/uploadfile/2015/01/13/20150113091548267.pdf )讲述着汉语中的各种标点符号是怎么正确地使用的。其中,有分号(“;”),八页里就开始解释分号的几种用法。第九页靠上面的地方有这段关于该符号的第三种用法的文字: 4.6.3.3 ...
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What should I understand under 一大景色?

I can't seem to wrap my head around this little phrase: 一大景色 自行车差不多成了城市的一大景色。 景色: 风景: scenery, landscape, 景致: scenery, view, scene Does “一大景色” have some special kind of meaning? I want to translate ...
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using 值得 in a phrase

I have seen the usage of 值得 (deserving) in the following way (Cantonese, colloquial) 值得一來 值得買 I wanted to ask why there is a '一' in the first phrase, and not 值得一買? What other alternatives are there to ...

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