In the following page:


What does 如 in the final sentence mean and how does it work grammar-wise? At first I thought it means "if", but then I fail to detect the main clause. So maybe I'm missing something.

Also, what does the sentence mean? I feel I understand the sentences until the last one, though.

  • 如 means like, such as, or short form of 例如, means for examples.
    – xenophōn
    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:29

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Here, 如 can be roughly translated into "like".
However, even as a Chinese, I fail to analyze the sentence grammatically...

The sentence can be roughly (or not-so-roughly) translated into:

"Internet Slang" is the slang language that is popular on the Internet and may often gains popularity over the whole society. They're mostly derived from homophones, misspelled words, pictograms, and popular quotes on Internet forums. Below are some common Internet slangs on forums:

Well...I don't use "like" in my translation in order to convey more precise meaning.

  • I see. But then what does the 部分 mean here? I feel 比较普遍的网络用语 is fine and sounds easier to read, but how is it different from the one with 部分?
    – Blaszard
    Nov 28, 2017 at 9:24
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    omitting 部分 changes the meaning, 部分网络用语 part of Internet phraseology (slang)
    – user6065
    Nov 28, 2017 at 16:53
  • I'm not omitting 部分. "some" bears this meaning. Nov 29, 2017 at 3:24

Technically speaking, the sentence


isn't grammatically correct, there is no verb in it. With amendments, "如通常在论坛比较常见的部分网络用语" or "如通常在论坛比较普遍出现的部分网络用语" would be better.

The character 如 in this sentence should not be considered as "if" but "such as".

"Such as the internet phrases which are commonly used in reddit."


After explaining and reasoning the phrase “网络用语”, the author provided several examples of it that are commonly used on the (online) forums by saying:

"通常在论坛比较普遍的部分网络用语:" - "Lik part of the more common and widespread 网络用语 on forums:"

This sentence seems out of the hand of a professional technician rather than a proficient literacy writer, so it is such 生澀難唸.

By the way, another word for is 就像.

如這些常用語: (examples)... = 就像這些常用語: (examples)...

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