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Questions about the grammatical rules governing Chinese structure and composition.

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Are these two having the same meaning: 遥远的地方 vs. 远方

遥远的地方 vs. 远方 Are these two having the same meaning? Like these sentences: 我住在一个遥远的地方。 我住在远方。
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When translating "he thinks I bought three books, but I didn't buy anything", do we add a completion 了 for "bought"?

When learning about when to use 了, we're typically given simple examples with clear-cut answers, such as the following: 我买了三本书。 I bought three books. Expressing completion with "le" We are ...
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Variations of 得 in 好玩得很

I heard this phrase from a TV drama. 好玩得很。 Are these also correct? 好玩得多。 好玩得很多。 喜欢得很。 喜欢得多。
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Need help understanding grammar in short text

I was reading the story behind the idiom "愚公移山" and I came across these 2 lines specifically which sort of confused me with their grammar. They are: 1."看到愚公一家人正在挖土,云石,就嘲笑愚公说" and &...
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How do you write, "one who does good" in Classical Chinese?

This is a practice from Rouzer Paul's book. It says, PRACTICE: Put the following into literary Chinese: One who does good leads the heart (away) from disaster. I think the predicate is ... 導心於禍, ...
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What is wrong with these sentences?

I am doing some grammar work and have been asked to correct the following, but i'm not sure what is wrong. Can anyone help? 学生们把电台里的中文新闻听懂了。 不洗澡的坏习惯被小明给改掉了. 这本书被卖得光.
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What are the different parts of speech of 这么?

这么 is listed in the dictionary as a pronoun. 她这么漂亮! 今天这么热。 这张桌子原来就这么放的。 有些人不是这么想。 他们必须这么说。 Is 这么 in all these sentences a pronoun? Can 这么 be an adverb too?
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Can anyone explain time nouns and adverbs of time to me?

In English, "today" can be a noun or an adverb, but many European languages see it only as an adverb. So, the "today" in "Today is Wednesday." is seen as an adverb. Can ...
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终有一天 vs. 总有一天 usage

So I watched 古装 TV drama, I heard these sentences quite a bit. But not quite sure the 终 or the 总 they were using. Which ones are correct? 终有一天我会成功。 总有一天我会成功。 总有一天我会报仇。 终有一天我会报仇。
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What does it mean when there are 2 verbs next to each other in a sentence?

I came across this sentence "我喜欢说话" today and I'm sort of confused as to how this works. I dug around a bit and on all set learning they say that 2 verb phrases can come right after one ...
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is the sentence 她做练习做的很多 correct?

I've been practicing on my mandarin Chinese grammar workbook about the use of the 得 particle. One of the last sentences is "她做练习做的很多", but I'm a bit perplexed because if I were to use 的, I ...
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开一个生日会 explanation as to why 开 is used here?

My book says that "to host a party" is written as... 开一个生日会 Example: 她想在家里开一个生日会。 The reason I am confused is because everywhere I look, 开 means to open. However, the book translates it as &...
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how would you translate 在我找到工作之前 ? What is the function of 在 here?

I don't understand what 在 means here?
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What does the verb + 到 structure mean here?

他决定先躲到奶奶家... What is the function of 到 here? Does it indicate successful completion, direction, or something else?
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What is the difference between 变 and 变得?

What is the difference between 变 and 变得? Is 变得 a word in its own right, or is 得 some sort of complement word? For example, 眼睛变得亮晶晶。
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What does 在 mean in "你在吗"?

I just saw the phrase "你在吗" for the first time on Discord, I asked how this was grammatically correct (it looks like an incomplete sentence) and they insisted that 在 means "here". ...
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Can someone break down the sentence structure for the following

I have another question about 玩儿 since you guys have been so helpful! 你在北京玩儿得高兴吗? - Did you have a good time in 北京 Can someone explain the sentence structure here? I'm hoping it can answer these ...
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Can someone explain why 玩儿 is used in these sentences?

I am someone new to chinese, I am in chinese 3 honors. We are learning about traveling and had some questions about the use of 玩儿 in these sentences and why they are here! 今年夏天我们在西安玩儿了三天,在北京玩儿了一个星期 - ...
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What is the difference between 大学的二年级学生 and 大学二年级的学生?

My mom says 大学二年级的学生 is correct, but I don't understand how the other one is wrong. I believe both convey the same meaning. Is one wrong because of syntax?
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一只 or 一支 meaning only or a unit

一只给你的视频。 That line was from an author on YouTube. One commenter posted that for video it is not 一只 but 一支. My thinking was that the author meant: A (or one) video for you only. Question: Can that ...
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Should this be 慢慢地?

然後再慢慢的完成你的夢想,好嗎? Should this be 慢慢地?Can verbs come after 的? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRBnLDW4iVM 2:29
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Use 的 to make a connection

你要靠你自己的能力来学习中文。 你要靠你自己的能力来努力的学习中文。 The first one seemed to be correct. But not sure about the second one if the 努力 was added correctly. Any comments?
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What is the role of 在 in the sentence 当我有错误在帮我纠正就行了

I understand 当 serves as the start of "When xyz, then abc" or "當 。。。时,xyz" but what exactly is 在 doing in this sentence? 当我有错误【在】帮我纠正就行了。 Couldn't you just say: 当我有错误【时】帮我纠正行了。
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How do I understand 的 in 因为广州的雨季下的那个雨真的是特别的大?

So I am trying to understand the 的 in this sentence which came from a native speaker. 因为广州的雨季下的那个雨真的是特别的大。 Can any of the 的 (by itself) be eliminated without modifying the meaning of this sentence? ...
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或?是: What could the mysterious word be

然后让更多的德国人或者是欧洲人认识这个琵琶。 So I listened to a speech from a high performance 琵琶 player in Germany. I think I pinned down this sentence completely except this 或者是. In these three words, I am pretty sure ...
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Translation for sentence with important a grammar point: 没有。。。那么

This is the English sentence. I was wondering if the translation is correct. I have to use 没有。。。那么 in my sentence. Chinese is not as difficult as people think。 Use:没有。。。那么 中文没有人们想那么难 Thank you very ...
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In 这个跟那个不(是)一样 and 我们不(是)一样, is 是 totally redundant?

这个跟那个不一样。 From a native online teacher. 这个跟那个不是一样。 If I formed it myself. 我们不是一样。 If I formed it myself. 我们不一样。 If I followed the similarity of 1 above. I know the first one got to be correct....
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Setences with Grammar Points/ Phrases: 再说,越来越,要不然,被了吧, 没有那么,楼

I have a bunch of English sentences I need to translate. For some the sentences, I need to use specific phrases or words. I was wondering if someone could check if they are correct or not. If they are ...
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Chinese sentence when only object is mentioned

I am wondering is there any rules for sentence structure when only object is involved. For instance: 他的成绩一直是我们班最好的 (what rule is for this sentence) why in this case the object is not place in the end ...
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What does 多少 mean in 但是我也相对得到多少的感动?

This sentence is from oral Chinese, but I want to understand what 多少 means. 但是我也相对得到多少的感动。 Is 多少 an adverb here? Also, is 感动 a noun? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noKbiu-4YiU 1:23
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How do I use 深深 in a sentence?

I recently came across a sentence with 深深感动 in it. Can 深深 be an adverb without 地? For example: 让顾客和所有参与者都深深感动
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General rule for when 一 is yi1 and when it's yi2/yi4

The tone that 一 is pronounced with is sometimes hard to predict. Is there a good general rule for when to use yi1 and when to use yi2/yi4? The 不 tone change rule is fairly straightforward and easy to ...
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“Are you up to the challenge? “ phrase

Let’s say I want to ask someone if he is up to the task (swimming in freezing temperature, climb the mountain, etc.) Google Translate gives this 你准备好挑战了吗? Is this correct?
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所有, 所都, 全都 variation in the same sentence

Do these three sentences mean the same? I guessed all wrong. Or Everything I guessed was wrong. 我所有猜错了。 我所都猜错了。 我全都猜错了。 Edited: Any other choices besides 所有, 所都, 全都?
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How to translate correct these two sentences?

刚来一会儿。 «I came here just for a while». Or in a while? 他刚到十分钟。 he came just for 10 minutes or he will arrive just in ten minutes?? Please correct me,thanks!
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Is the following text grammatically correct?

Would you be so kind as to help me correct this text? I am currently trying to incorporate more 成语 and more complex vocabulary in my writing. -- 首先,你必须试探你的对手,因为他的话靠不住。不要让他的想法弄垮得稀巴烂你的思想。其次,你应该每天选择自己的战斗。...
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How should I rewrite 我昨天卖了我的电脑给他 using 把 and 了?

The goal is to re-write the sentences using 把. Example 1 那个字,他写错了。 Rewrite: 他把那个字写错了。 Example 2 你的学生证,你没有给我。 Rewrite: 你没有把你的学生证给我。 Question 我昨天卖了我的电脑给他。 Rewrite: ? Should it be 我把我昨天卖了我的电脑给他? It ...
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In a 还是 question, do I need to repeat the verb?

I'm learning Chinese from a book, and there are some examples regarding the use of 还是. In some cases, the verb is repeated, like in 你喝茶还是喝咖啡? (note the two 喝 here). In other places, the second ...
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什么都没有 和 没有什么 difference

Good day everyone, pls help me to confirm that there are quite a difference between these two sentences like 我跟那件事一点关系也没有。 我跟那件事没有什么关系。 Which supposed to be translated as “I have nothing to do with ...
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Alternate translations of "why are you asking me this question"

几个”Why are you asking me this question?"的翻译是什么? What are some possible ways to translate "Why are you asking me this question?". 最明显的是(1)。 The most obvious is (1): 1) 你为什么问我这个问题? ...
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What is the grammar pattern in "藏语呢我是略知一二"?

I was watching a show and one guy said "藏语呢我是略知一二". Now I'm having a little bit of trouble understanding the grammar pattern for this sentence, especially with the use of the "是". ...
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Is 说 in 听说 a resultative compliment?

My assignment is: Fill in the blanks with the proper resultative complements. 我听__ 老师走路的声音,大家快进教室。 (I heard that the teacher is walking, …) Can the answer be 说, or is that not a resultative compliment,...
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Why is the 几次 in 你这个星期买东西几次了 incorrect?

When trying to translate this sentence: How many times have you gone shopping this week? I would assume that it is: 你这个星期买东西几次了? But apparently I put the 几次 at the wrong place? Can somebody help ...
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Do the words 疼痛 and 痛苦 exactly mean "physical pain" and "mental pain"(i.e. sadness), respectively?

I want to know if the difference between those words related with "pain".
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Syntactic role of "我" in "我真是这个意思"

有一个”我真是这个意思“的句法的问题。那个句子的英文的翻译根据Wiktionary是”I mean it“. 在那个句子”我“是主语还是一个属格的主题?下面的三个句子A,B, C对吗?任何句子好像奇怪, 没有第一句的意思吗? I have a question about the sentence structure of "我真是这个意思", translated as &...
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Does ‘Exchange English to Chinese and learn both’ mean ‘把英文翻译成中文,可以同时学习两种语言’ in Chinese, properly translated?

Is the following properly translated? 把英文翻译成中文,可以同时学习两种语言 Exchange English to Chinese and learn both And if not, what would the proper translation be? Would you mind helping me?
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在 in front of the nouns like tomorrow or exact dates and time

Do we need to put 在 before 明天 三点钟 星期五 in such sentences like 早在八月我们就开发了一个愿型,or 我是在1997年喜欢上汉语 or 我在八月到的上海?
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difference between 什么也 and 什么都

What is the difference between 什么也 and 什么都 ? They are very similar. 1, for anything, 2, for all of the things。 1,什么也不喜欢 什么也没意思,2, 什么都要考虑 什么都有意思 BUT! But how do you use them? For example if I want to ...
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How do I say “he loves his mother more than his wife”?

So I watched a movie. There was a situation where the main character had to make a decision between his mother and his wife. And he chose his mother. So if I want to express that “He loves his ...

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