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Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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Is it grammatical to place the antecedent after the consequent in a conditional sentence?

Is it grammatical to place the antecedent after the consequent in a conditional sentence? Antecedent before consequent 如果你不吃饭的话,你就很饿。 Rúguǒ nǐ bù chīfàn dehuà, nǐ jiù hěn è. If you don't eat, you'll ...
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Position of 不 in a sentence

Is there a difference between these two sentences? 他不在学院学习。 他在学院不学习。
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Is this sentence correct? 我可以试试吗

I am doubting about wich of the following sentences is the right one, or if all are correct. Thaks in advance for your help and explanations. a) 我可以试试吗? b) 我可以试一试吗? c) 我可不可以试试? d) 我可不可以试一试?
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There must be simpler ways to say "again" other than 又再一次的

I'm confused by the sentence ”他又再一次的在那里找圣人”. The sentence is from the book Pepper, Jeff; Wang, Xiao Hui. The Rise of the Monkey King in which the english translation reads as: "Again he searched ...
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The use of the particle de

How to answer this question 这是你弟弟?(朋友) Is this correct or we should omit 的?“不是。这是我的朋友。”
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Why is 很经常 ("very often") wrong?

Sometimes I want to add emphasis to the frequency of something, so I say 很经常 (instead of just 经常), but my teacher has pointed out it's wrong. (Judging from Google, it seems I'm not the only one ...
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How many verbs can be used with 到?

I see 到 used with some verbs describing a result, I am wondering if there are a specific number of verbs in the structure V+(de)dao到. Is there an exhaustive number of verbs that can be used with V+ 到?...
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What is the structure of 这个道服好羞人?

I just bumped into this apparently simple sentence, but I cannot figure out what it means. 这个道服好羞人 Why there is 人 at the end of the sentence if it doesn't have any reason to be there? In addition 道人 ...
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Result Complement 得到

The following sentence uses 到 as a result complement but I don't understand why it to has 得 before 到。 他们都想得到比现在更多的东西 Any help identifying the grammar on this one would be greatly appreciated.
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Making sense of the structure 像/一样+的

I'm having trouble understanding the following sentence: "猴王穿得像个人一样的走了很长时间。" Google translates it as "The Monkey King dressed like a man and walked for a long time. " but I don't ...
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Purpose of 是 in 我是问

What is the purpose of 是 in the sentence 我是问? If it is for emphasis, I guess it would be 我是问的. What's the purpose of 是 before a verb?
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Why can't we say 谁是她?

I'm a native speaker. I know this sentence is wrong (I think it's wrong, if not, please let me know), but I don't know why. Yesterday, I read example sentences on 《HSK1》 to make sure they can all be ...
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Difference between 我很饿 and 我是饿

I wonder if it is grammatically correct to say 我是饿. If this sentence is grammatically correct, then what is the difference between 我很饿 and 我是饿? As far as I know, 是 should not be used with adjective ...
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Is there a grammar system that can analyze all Chinese sentences?

I've read several books on Chinese linguistics. I found that they mix terms and knowledge of several grammar systems to explain Chinese sentences throughout the book. So I think there's still no ...
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在 meaning “When”

The following sentence uses 在 in a way I haven't seen until now: “在你走以前我们要给你开一个宴会。” I roughly translated it as: "Before you go, we are going to give you a banquet", which I feel is a good ...
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Verb + 了 + Verb grammar

In this sentence: 石猴看了看四周”的句子, what is the grammar behind the 看了看 construct? I know it means "had a look", but the grammar v+了+v is one I had never seen before.
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How to say " I can go to all the other classes/courses" in Mandarin

I am trying to say "I can go to all the other classes/courses" with respect to some classes/courses I cannot attend. Especially the "all other classes" is troubling me: 我要能去都(?)课. ...
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搞得头 ,弄得头 ,睡过头 what does mean 头 in these three examples?

What does 头 in 搞得头 / 弄得头 / 睡过头 For example in this sentence: 可是这个密码那个密码,搞得头都大了。 “头” 是 head的意思? “头” 字是个结果补语还是名词?
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Grammar Question? 他没看了电影

Why is this grammatically incorrect 他没看了电影 The 没 is negating the past action. What am I missing?
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Could I get a breakdown of this sentence: 怎么会是在一所私校呢

Could I get a breakdown of this sentence: 怎么会是在一所私校呢 The translation says, "How is it in a private school?" But I'm not 100% sure it's correct. Also, I realize 怎么会 is oftentimes collocated ...
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what is the different between 文言 and 书面?

I have check the A Chinese-English dictionary which doesn’t have the translation to English in register content and I come across 文言 and 书面. what is the different between 文言 and 书面?
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What is the difference between the potential complement phrases 得了 and 得到?

The two seem very similar to me. I've been told that there are differences, but I haven't been able to find a summary of what features make it appropriate to use one vs the other to express the ...
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What is the difference in 一点儿都不贵 with and without the 都?

What is the difference if we say: 一点儿都不贵 or without the 都 (i.e., 一点儿不贵)?
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Using 的 to specify qualities

I've read a grammar tip about 的 which I'm not sure I've completely understood (it's on page 7 here, if you can read Italian). It talks about using 的 to specify a quality. An example is: 意大利的人 is ...
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"不管我做什么,她都说我能做得更好。" What is the function of "都" in this sentence?

"不管我做什么,她都说我能做得更好。" What is the function of "都" in this sentence? Thanks so much!!!
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Do these sentences make sense?

I'm trying to say “He has been working in this company since he graduated from university. We consider him as family". 他大学毕业以后,一直在这家公司工作。我们以他为家。 他大学毕业就在这家公司工作。我们以他为家。 I wasn't sure if I was using ...
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Is using 是 correct in “我也是又累又渴”

In order to use adjectives as the predicate of a sentence, we don't use 是 as far as I know. For example, we say 我很累 Not 我是累 So, when using 又...又...structure, it seems to me that I should say "...
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"我对他的观点提出抗议。and " 我对他的态度变了" both sentences use "我对他的," but seemingly in a different way

"我对他的观点提出抗议。and " 我对他的态度变了" When I first encountered this sentence ("我对他的态度变了"), I see it as "My towards-him attitude has changed," which in proper English would be, ...
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Difference in meaning: 多了 vs 极了

I don't grasp the difference between 极了 and 多了. In what context are both to be used? Is 极了 a sort of superlative compared to 多了 ? All help is appreciated.
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Ambiguity with 请问 and 大家

请问 means "please", but 请 alone means "please" like in 请开门, and 问 means "to ask" So if you want to say "please ask", does it become "请问"? Also, 大家 ...
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Is it correct to say 是新的

I know that adjectives like old, new, good don't need 是. For example, we say 都很贵:Everything is expensive. We don't say 都是贵. On the other hand, I know that there are some words like colours, materials, ...
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Is 多少个人 incorrect?

I was studying Chinese grammar from a textbook. Somewhere in the book, it explains the difference between 几 and 多少. The book says that 几 needs a classifier. But using a classifier with 多少 is optional. ...
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Translations of 你要的衣服还没买, 你要的旗袍呢 - New Practical Chinese Reader 2 Chap.17

I am trying to translate the text of the new practical Chinese reader 2 chap 17, and I got stuck on the following two phrases "你要的衣服还没买。" and "你要的旗袍呢?" The context are two people ...
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How do you indicate a habitual, ongoing action, as opposed to an action you are currently doing?

Hear me out. Recently I rediscovered the 2010 classic "Doin' Your Mom" by Ray William Johnson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t53TcKIlMc), and since the song is not really stimulating, my ...
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是+...+的 structure in describing colours

I have read that the 是+...+的 structure is used for emphasis. I wonder in sentences describing colours like 这辆车是红色的, is the 是+...+的 structure used for emphasis too? What kind of 是+...+的 is this? Is 的 ...
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从。。。看 , 是。。。的 and 方面 in this sentence

I have this sentence from my textbook that is very confusing to me. 您看看这个,不管从价格方面看,还是从质量上看,都是值得考虑的。 First I understand it's meant to mean along the lines of: "Look at this one, not only in ...

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