I'm a beginner in Chinese and I'd like to ask you something about these sentences below :

虽然有些人吃素是因为宗教的关系,但小林不一样。

and

...。小林不太喜欢吃肉食,是因为有些肉食有很多骨头,让他麻烦死了。

What does 是 in those sentences mean/indicate? I've tried to look for the explanation of why 是 is placed before 因为 but I couldn't find anything except this structure : "之所以...是因为". But still, I don't think that the "之所以...是因为" structure is the one being used here.

The others are :

有些肉食是没有骨头的。

and

在印尼,很多种菜是要直接用他自己的手指吃的。

For this one, I'm quite sure 是…的 here is that one 是…的 structure which is used to emphasize (like time, place, or manner). But the thing is, I don't know whether or not the 是…的 structure can be used to emphasize something like 没有 or 要.

Could you please explain to me? Thank you in advance.

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    让他麻烦死了. I don't think native speakers would actually say things like that. The more natural way of expressing this is 让他觉得麻烦死了。 – 神秘德里克 Nov 9 at 3:23
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    I think 让 is also redundant. Just 他觉得麻烦死了. – xbh Nov 9 at 3:57
  • You are correct. Those sentences aren't written by a native speaker. – Agnes Nov 11 at 18:25
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「是」因爲 translates to 「isbecause of or 「isdue to. There's an implicit phrase that's omitted in these sentences, which is (the reason behind)...isdue to....

雖然有些人吃素「是」因爲宗教的關係,但小林不一樣。

Even though (the reasons behind) some people eating vegetarianisdue to religious considerations, 小林 is different.

小林不太喜歡吃肉食,「是」因爲有些肉食有很多骨頭,讓他麻煩死了。

(The reason for) 小林 disliking meatisbecause some meaty foods contain a lot of bones which greatly inconveniences him.

Like the English equivalent of these sentences, the phrase the reason behind is omitted. The English equivalent, however, will also omit「is」for grammatical reasons:

Even though some people eat vegetarian due to religious considerations, 小林 is different. 小林 dislikes meat because some meaty foods contain a lot of bones which greatly inconveniences him.


Please note that in Chinese, the omission of the reason behind is necessary in this case; we don't say ...的原因是因爲..., especially in written materials, as this is highly redundant.

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    Maybe you should also mention the emphasis of [是] in Chinese and [is] in English. Because [是] can be omitted but [is] can not. – 神秘德里克 Nov 9 at 3:28
  • I don't think is because of or is due to is valid in English. Correct me if I'm wrong. – zypA13510 Nov 11 at 1:09
  • @zypA13510 well, that's not true - verbatim search "is because of" and "is due to" on e.g. Google, and you'll get many example sentences. – droooze Nov 11 at 1:11
  • Please consider using Simplified Chinese to a question written in Simplified Chinese. It is confusing and unreadable for novice language learners. – Blaszard Nov 11 at 10:54
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    Thank you!!! Anyway, it's alright to use Traditional Chinese ^^ even though I learn Simplified Chinese, I'd still like to know both. – Agnes Nov 11 at 18:22

that question is easy,cuz 是 mean "emphasis;Stress;emphasize"(my english is not good,i dont know which one is correct),you can say 虽然有些人吃素因为宗教的关系,but in this sentence if you add 是,then it is heared more "强调"(googletranslate it yourselve),and more nature(自然),more 好听.weird?cuz 好听?yes,why we use those sepcial word 是因为好听?100%

  • Thank you for the help!!! – Agnes Nov 11 at 18:23

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