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Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.

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Can the 的 particle ever function without “nominalizing”?

From my answer in What is the meaning of 的 in “有一天你会明白的”? and according to Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson - Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar, I believed the function of the particle ...
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Why “体贴先生” is wrong? And why so many people use it?

Almost everyday and everywhere, we heard someone praising a wife by saying: “她很体贴先生。” or "她是一个体贴先生的太太。" If it is wrong, why people kept on using it?
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Translating as Past or Present tense

I am translating an excerpt of a Chinese short story. In general, do any indicators in Chinese grammar exist that would require the usage of past tense (in English) instead of present tense? In this ...
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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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Grammar and translation

How would you translate this? Specifically the last two lines. How is 從 used in the second to last line? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noKbiu-4YiU 然後經歷了多少差一點失敗的感覺 01:09 回想到很多同袍之間的感情之後 01:12 ...
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Grammatical uses of 这个 and 更

When does 这个 modify a noun, and when does it not? Can 更 modify adjectives and verbs?
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Meaning of 说话人最可能 **是** 什么关系?

是,有 Would you please let me know if in this sentence "说话人最可能 是 什么关系?", we can use 有 instead of 是 to be read as: 说话人最可能 有 什么关系?