Questions tagged [grammar]
Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.
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What are the answers to the HSK6 语病 ("faulty wording") questions on the 22 publicly available HSK6 exams?
There are 22 publicly available HSK6 exams. Since I'm studying this topic for my upcoming exam, I might as well self-answer the question... Question: What are the answers to the HSK6 语病 ("faulty ...
Is there a pattern for 沒 VS 沒有 as negative of 了?
I am already familiar with the use of 沒（有） as the negative of 了 in general. For example such as saying 一些衣服沒有乾 or 我沒有找到, 沒五點 etc. This question is just about why it's one or the other. I have mostly ...
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 ...
If there is no adverb for time, what are the possible tenses of a verb?
For example 我不去 could mean “I don't go” or “I'm not going”. Is the rule that verbs without any time information like this, it either means present simple or present continuous tense? Could it mean ...
What verbs are abbreviated "FV"?
I'm learning Mandarin from the New Practical Chinese textbook series by Taipei Language Institute Press, and there are a few mentions of "FVs" as follows: 你去過台中沒有？ - Explanation: 過 is ...
Can anyone explain the sentence structure for prepositions and using adjectives/numbers and measure words?
It's hard to remember where 有，在 and prepositions go. I'm also not sure how I would add adjectives to do with colour/size/numbers would go in the sentence.
Are determiners mandatory in Chinese?
This question might sound weird. Are determiners mandatory in Chinese? I have in mind words such as demonstratives 这, quantifying words 一些, 许多, etc. This paper (Chen 2004) states: Finally, we turn to ...
他一叠声应着 How does 叠 work here?
for 他一叠声应着 I know what yidiesheng means repeat the sound, but I just wanted to know the structure is die a measure word here? A pile of sounds? It doesn't actually say anything like that in the ...
的 in the “你们是坐飞机来北京的吗？”
Some sites said 来的 can be used for an emphasis but here it s separate. Can it have the same meaning or something other here?
In 我哪个都要 how is subject object verb structure valid?
Looking at this sentence 我哪个都要 How is subject object verb structure valid? If its topic comment structure, then why is the subject 我 first instead of object 哪个都 （everything). Seems weird
If 为, meaning 'for...', takes the reading [wèi] why, in the following examples, is [wéi] being used?
I had learned that 为 'for the purpose/sake of' took the reading 'wèi'. However, I have seen several instances of 'wéi' being used to mean the same thing. Are these readings interchangeable or is 'wéi' ...
What is the difference between 把握and 掌握in Chinese
In college we were asked that questions and I couldn't get any answers till now
Can separable verbs be with 得?
I have two question involving 得. Please help me out. I wonder if separable verbs (verb + object) can be with 得 without repeating the first verb. For example, 她吃饭吃得很多。or 她饭吃得很多。 Because 吃饭 is a ...
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 ...