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Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.

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快把大衣穿穿!When is it wrong?

In our book under 改錯句 there is the following exercise: 外邊很冷,快把大衣穿穿! I assume they consider it wrong because the object is not definite. Is that so, or is there any other reason? If the context ...
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Where do I put adverbial expressions and other phrases in a sentence?

I know Chinese use the sequence S O V. I also know place follows time, for instance in these ways: t(ime), p(lace) S tp V O tp S V O t S p V O Where do I put further phrases, like adverbial ...
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Is my sentence 如果没时间的话就告诉我 grammatically correct?

I am not sure that my sentence: 如果没时间的话就告诉我 is grammatically correct or not. So please guide me, have I used the right words?
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How “Noun + Adj + Adj + 的” (reduplication of adjectives) is grammatically equivalent to “Noun + (Adv of degree) + Adj”? [duplicate]

This question is motivated from Why 的 in reduplication of adjectives "Noun + Adj + Adj + 的"?. In the answers, it was argued that the reduplication of adjectives structure: Noun + Adj + Adj +...
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Proper participle

我经验过 还是 我经验了? since guo also means experience I am wondering if one of these is the right way, actually i can't remember exactly how to use guo. is it redundant to use guo when already using jing yan?...
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The meaning of 是…的 in 有什么事是我该做的吗

I am a total noob when it comes to Chinese, so sorry if this is a dumb question. Recently I started using an Anki deck called SpoonFedChinese to study Chinese. Today I came across the following ...
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Is it ok to answer only the day of the month to the question “今天几号?”?

Is it ok to answer only the day of the month to the question "今天几号?"? First dialog: -- 今天几号? -- 今天是八月二十号. (it is OK, common phrase) Second dialog: -- 今天几号? -- 今天是二十号. (is it Ok? Why not?) If ...
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Difference between location nouns and place/position nouns, 方位词 vs 处所词

There are supposedly 4 categories of nouns in Chinese, according to Chinese Grammar Wiki: Proper nouns and common nouns Position nouns Location nouns Time nouns The links to Position and Location ...
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Can “比” go without a subject?

Take a look at this sentence. 比那刘姥姥进了大观园,还要土里土气 For some reason I translate this sentence as "Compared to A, B is more ...", though this doesn't make any sense to me. Although I found this ...
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What is the proper order to list the noun and adjective when using 的

I've learned that 的 can be used to say that some noun has some quality, for instance 你说的太快了 is saying that 你说 (your speech) has the quality of being 太快了 (too fast) or in other words "You speak too ...

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