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In what kinds of sentences can "马马虎虎" be used? Would I be able to use it to describe how good food tastes, and if so, how would I structure the sentence? Is it usually used by itself as a sentence? I'm never sure if the context is right to use it or not. I want to describe a food as tasting mediocre.

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  1. To express a mediocre taste, I think it's better to say

    這道菜[很普通/平淡無奇]。

  2. 馬虎 is generally used when we wish to comment on someone’s attitude. It may be used when you wish to criticise someone’s preparation of the dish as sloppy:

    這道菜做得馬馬虎虎。
    (lit.) This dish is done in a sloppy manner.

  3. The sense 'so-so' (還過得去 in Cihai's definition), as in

    這道菜,馬馬虎虎吧。
    (lit.) This dish, it's so-so.

    , is very colloquial, perhaps regional. It is found in Cihai but not in Taiwan dictionaries.

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In your case, you can say 这道菜马马虎虎. Similar use 这台电视马马虎虎。

It can also be used adverbally. E. g. 他歌唱得马马虎虎。

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