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Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.

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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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What are the answers to the HSK6 语病 ("faulty wording") questions on the 22 publicly available HSK6 exams?

[This is a work in progress. You can consider this a first draft now. It still needs some proofreading.] There are 22 publicly available HSK6 exams. Since I'm studying this topic for my upcoming ...
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Subject + predicate as topic and prepositional phrases

I found this sentence while doing some listening practice: 长时间看电脑,对眼睛不好。 At first, I didn't understand why 长时间, expressing duration, is at the beginning of the sentence acting as topic 长时间看电脑, since I ...
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What exactly are the meaning/function of 的 and 了?

In my experience, not 1 single 对外汉语教师 can explain these two words, the most popular-used, to the students, unfortunately, including myself. Can anyone explains is this sequence: 1. basic/fundamental ...
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Is it possible to have 里 and 上 placed after anything else that a noun?

Is it possible to have 里 ('in') and 上 ('on') placed after anything else that a noun (for instance after a verb)? I can think about only: _这里, 那里, 哪里 (two determinants and one pronoun) _往上
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How to analyze phrases like 爐子裡的煤球很多 : postposition + 的

According to Paul (2015: 95), 裡 lǐ, 後 hòu, etc. are postpositions. But in that case, how come do we have the subordinator 的 de just after a postposition, in sentences like 爐子裡的煤球很多 or 房子後的人特別吵 ? ...
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Placement of 都 in a sentence with 每

The following dialogue is from the book HSK Standard Course 2: A: 你每天几点起床? B: 我每天六点起床。 Where would 都 be placed in A and B respectively? After 天 or after 点?
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Is 极了 a result complement or a verb suffix?

My guess: 极 is a result complement that has been grammaticalized in its -了 form to become a sort of suffix on its own. My reasoning for this guess: it was probably originally a result complement ...
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What is the simplest viable method to segment Chinese text?

I understand that automated Chinese word segmentation (breaking up text into constituent words) is a hard problem, as it's sometimes possible to segment the same sentence in different ways. As a ...
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what this mean - 丑八怪 , can any 1 teach the exact latest chinese words with meaning

I have a gaming group in which this term "丑八怪"is being used a lot along with the 眼皮底下, anyway all the letters look similar.
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Why are measure words omitted after specifiers and before some verbs?

这(个)是我的,this is mine: Before 是,normally I would omit 个 这没有道理, this doesn't make sense: Before 有 I would find 个 strange. Although maybe that is because 有道理 is an abstract concept. If I was talking ...
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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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