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了 vs 是…的 as “factuality markers”

I'm a proponent of 了 as 'factuality marker' (that is it has nothing to do with 'perfectivity or completness of action'. See post: How exactly do time and "tense" work in Mandarin REALLY? for ...
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Is this email correct grammatically and structurally?

Recently I have tried to become more proficient in writing emails in Chinese. The structure for these are difficult, I have provided an example of a email I recently wrote. Is this correct ...
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Lists and Conjunctions

Is the use of a conjunction between the second-last and last word in a list a natural Chinese construction? Sometimes the construction feels like an Anglicism: I do not hear it in daily speech that ...
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What is the term for alluding to a more formless concept by listing its specific members?

(I only understand Vietnamese, but I guess this phenomenon is an influence of ancient Chinese.) For example, we say "table-chair" to mean furniture, "month-year" to mean time, "land-water" to mean ...
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When is a degree required? or: hai6 vs hou2 vs gei

I am trying to learn Cantonese. I want to be able to say (speak, not write) after a meal: I am full. Which I could translate directory to: Ngo5 hai6 baau2 But, my local (student in HK) ...
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MSM equivalent of 倒…不… or 半…不… construct?

I've seen this mostly as dialect usage, but I'm wondering if there's a Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) equivalent. 倒...不... - (seemingly) neither a nor b 倒男不女 倒文不武 倒明不白 半...不... - (...