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List of all verbs that accept location complements?

Typically, Chinese word order is Subject + Location + Verb + Object. However, this page indicates the location may follow the verb with certain exceptions. That is, there are location complements for ...
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来 去 depending on location

Imagine I am in Beijing, and I just returned from a trip to Shanghai. A friend in Shanghai calls me and asks "你回北京去了吗?" I can't really say 对 or 没错 or 是的 to confirm his question, because I did not 回去, ...
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Modern Standard Mandarin equivalent of the 倒…不… and 半…不… constructs?

I've seen this mostly as dialect usage, but I'm wondering if there's a Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) equivalent. 倒...不... - (seemingly) neither A nor B 倒男不女 倒文不武 倒明不白 半...不... - (seemingly) half A ...
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How do waves relate to this?

Please write using simplified Chinese characters. I've been reading a short story in Chinese, with the task to translate it. Here's the passage I'm having trouble with: ‘看了,看了,他的那个女朋友真不像话,...
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What is the difference between these two sentences?

我跑了3公里的步 vs 我跑步跑了3公里. They both mean "I ran for 3 km", right?
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Are things ever dialect checked?

I'm wondering if things (in general) are ever dialect checked? 哈尔滨啤酒 has a commercial where they go around singing the name 哈啤 over and over again but it sounds a lot like SB in Southwestern Mandarin....
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How to express gratitude as a house guest?

How would the following sentence come across as a part of a thank you letter to a family receiving you as a guest in their home in Taiwan? The letter is to be sent before arriving as a "thank you in ...
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What's the Difference Between 吹风 and 刮风?

In both word choice, and use, what is the difference between 吹风 and 刮风? Can I say "今天刮风很大“ but not say ”今天吹风很大“?
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What does this Chinese reporter say about APEC and Putin?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iW4ZzxuSXbc I can sort of follow along but there are some words/phrases I'm not clear on. Here's what I can gather: 今天外场的演出分为...展室......
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There is this song that I can't find the Pinyin lyrics to on Youtube

Can someone help me find it please? This is just copied and pasted from what should be the songs title 凌震 尤金 多看一眼
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How to say financial trader in Mandarin?

How does one say "trader" in Mandarin. I am meaning a financial trader who invests in the stock market. Would it be 股民? 谢谢
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Which one is correct? 给我打电话/打电话给我

can you help me which one is correct and which one is wrong? 你给我打个电话 你给我打电话 你给我电话 你打给我个电话 你打给我电话 你打电话给我 Thank you.
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How would I say 'what …' in Mandarin

I think the French ce qui/que says it better. This is what I mean: I do what I want. (Je fais ce que je veux, in French) How would the 'what' be translated?
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What is the Chinese lady in this 5-second video clip saying?

https://streamable.com/e/n5fhft?autoplay=1 I finally cut it out, uploaded and asked about it after wondering about it for years. What is she saying?
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Why does the Chinese name for Poland mean “abandoned honour”?

I don't speak Mandarin at all, but I have a Chinese coworker who told me that Mandarin doesn't have nouns per se, it prefers to describe things with their most obvious properties. I was curious how ...
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What book is this passage from?

I found this passage on 北京大学's website but I can't even go back to the page of contents. I want to know the name of the book。it's the 阅读 section of the site.
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Asking for right answers for 中级 questions

I just wanted to ask for the right answers for these questions...  In these 2 paragraphs, are my 标点符号 right?  我家有五口人,爷爷   、奶奶、爸爸、妈妈和我。爸爸在电脑公司工作,他是一名工程师;妈妈在一所学校教数学,爷爷和奶奶早就退休,但他们也有很多活动;爷爷在老年大学学习书法,...
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Asking close friends what they like as souvenirs/gifts

I want to ask close friends (both in Cantonese and Mandarin) what they'd like for souvenirs. “What/do you like anything from (Japan)?” How do I say this in both languages? Thanks
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Grammar for 看來妳忘了發一個訊息。還是妳有用一些避忌的說話所以中國政府阻擋的

This message was not understood by a friend: 看來妳忘了發一個訊息。還是妳有用一些避忌的說話所以中國政府阻擋的。 The goal was to say this: It looks like you forgot to send a message. Or else you used some taboo words blocked by the ...
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Single-worded verbs being repeated when use in a sentence

So in Mandarin there are verbs like 数 means count and 试 means try but I usually them being doubled when use in a sentence (I.e: 请数数 = Please count). Can somebody explains for me?
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Could 看不起 work as the Mandarin equivalent of 睇唔起?

This dictionary entry says the Mandarin equivalent of Cantonese's 睇唔起 is 瞧不起. http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/words/15825/ Some Mandarin speakers seem to use 看不起. Is 看不起 a valid way of ...
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Difference between 儘量 and 盡量?

Both 儘量 and 盡量 seem to mean, "try your best," according to these dictionary entries: https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/sentsearch.php?word=%E7%9B%A1%E9%87%8F https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/...
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Proper grammar: 生活 中 不是 缺少 美 ,而是 缺少 发现的?

This grammar page lists the following example: 生活 中 不是 缺少 美 ,而是 缺少 发现 美 的 眼睛 。 Shēnghuó zhōng bù shì quēshǎo měi, ér shì quēshǎo fāxiàn měi de yǎnjing. Would it be correct grammar to omit ...
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Is “光轮” for “Nimbus” as in “Nimbus 2000 broomstick” just a transliteration?

In a translation of the second Harry Potter book: "All Harry's spellbooks, wand, cauldron and top-of-the-range Nimbus 2000 broomstick had been locked in a cupboard under the stairs by Uncle Vernon ...
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Is it acceptable to omit the main clause in 只要~ phrase?

Is the following sentence over 人民網: 朝鲜最高领导人金正恩在20日举行的劳动党中央委员会第七届第三次全体会议上宣布,朝鲜将从21日开始,不再进行任何核试验和洲际弹道导弹发射,废弃朝鲜北部核试验场。只要朝鲜不受核威胁挑衅,朝鲜绝对不使用核武器,不泄露核武器和核技术。 When you use 只要~, it needs a main clause, which ...
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What does 的 mean in 表示对某人某事的亲近和关心?

In the following sentence which explains the usage of ~长~短 phrase: 中间嵌入两个相同的名词,表示对某人某事的亲近和关心。 I don't understand what the 的 here means. Does it refer to "of ~" but what should be after 的 is ...
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Is the word “恶犬” trending IRL?

I’m seeing pet shops around hanging up signs with: 恶犬 in many places. This is not something I’ve noticed on quite a large scale, like this, before. It’s real world data, so harder to track ...
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Is the 边~边 the synonym for 一边~一边?

Is the following sentence: 并与当地青年一同BBQ,边烧烤边交流。 Is the 边~边 the synonym for 一边~一边, which mean "doing ~ while doing ~"? Or is there any difference?
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Proper way to say “I don't know what the problem is.” [closed]

What is the proper way to say "I don't know what the problem is" in Mandarin? Not sure if this is a “问题” or a "关系“ structure.
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Understanding how to use 多 properly

My grammar could be wrong, but it feels like in Cantonese you would typically say something like 食多啲 to mean eat more. But this Mandarin grammar page says you should usually put 多 before the verb, ...
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Is this sentence correct? 打扫大客厅这么多累的啊

If not how would it be corrected using the exact same characters? And what is the issue with the original sentence? Struggling a bit with word order!
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Parsing “你如此特别,如此与众不同,是那样的特别。” into words

你如此特别,如此与众不同,是那样的特别。 I have no idea how to properly separate this sentence into words. I want to understand it word by word. 你 / 如此 / 特别, // 如此 / 与众不同, // 是 / 那样的 / 特别。 你 / 如此 / 特别, // 如此 / 与众不同, // ...
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Which is the correct grammar: 我比你更了解你自己 or 我比你更你自己了解?

According to this Chinese grammar guide, the "target" of a verb should precede the verb. Does this mean the translation of "I know you better than yourself" is 我比你更你自己了解 instead of 我比你更了解你自己?
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What is the equivalent phrase of the figurative 'red meat' in Chinese?

'Red meat' literally means 紅肉 (e.g. beef, lamb) in Chinese, but it is typically used in a figurative sense in political commentaries. For Example: "His outrageous statements are red meat for his ...
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Mandarin: difference between 還好 and 還可以?

Some people seem to use 還好 and 還可以 interchangeably, but another said 還好 is more negative than 還可以. She said 還好 is more like "so-so" whereas 還可以 is more like "pretty good". Could someone explain the ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of 语气词 or 语气助词? Or a place I can research more about them?

Is there a comprehensive list of 语气词 or 语气助词? Or a place I can research more about them? Had an idea to do my dissertation on them but having trouble finding a list of them.
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I Want to Switch Baidu to Pinyin from Simplified

I am a new student to learning Chinese and am having quite the problem using the internet. I am learning pinyin first and am wondering how I can change my Baidu account to pinyin from simplified. ...
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What does the following phrase mean “扈江离与辟芷兮,纫秋兰以为佩.”?

I think its a line written by the poet Qu Yuan that maybe symbolizes a persons nobility?
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What is the difference between putting 今天 before or after the subject?

我今天去电影院 今天我去电影院 I've also noticed that other words can be before or after the subject: 如果我是你 我如果是你 What is the difference in nuance of placing such words before or after the subject, if any?
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How to start the sentence with “or” in Chinese?

I assume a sentence that starts with or in Mandarin, something like the follows: M: Where are you from? F: Chicago. M: No, I meant which city you are from in China? M: Or did you grew up in US? In ...
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Apple Tablet Dictionary that Supports Drawing Input

I am trying to find an Apple tablet dictionary that supports drawing input. What I mean by that Is that you are able to draw the character you are looking for and then it suggests a number of ...
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Puzzling negation in a beginner's grammar book

From Jimmy Du's Essential Chinese, p. 46: I understand everything you say. 你说的我都懂。 I don't understand all they say. 他们说的我不是都懂。 Why is 不是 there in the second example, and not simply 不? I have only ...
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Letters for chinese wedding invitation

I'm looking for the (traditional) Chinese letters for 'he fu tong qing' (pin yin transcription), which should mean something like 'the whole family invited' in the context of a wedding invitation.
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Is 摆有 a word in MSM?

桌上摆有一卷书 (source: example sentence in a publicly available flashcard deck - no other context provided). None of the 40+ dictionaries I consulted carry this lemma, and google offers precious little too....
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Usage of negation 没 with 在 and 着 particle?

Hello I start learning Chinese since not long, after I fell in love with the Expanse book series. (Chinese explorers are one of the first to colonise Mars planet). I studied that 在 and 着 are particles ...
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Using those characters only/with out adding, replacing, or removing is my sentence structure and grammar correct?

Can someone please help me? I suck at forming sentences in Chinese. I know if I practice I would get better but I have no one to check if my sentence structure is correct. Hopefully, it is! 一)...
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我的个娘? Does this really just mean 'my mother!' and why?

I have been watching a TV program << 父母爱情 >> and a rather unsophisticated female character keeps repeating a phrase which I hear as '我的个娘' (I'm not sure if the '的' should be there or not?) It's ...
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please help me translate this poem on my dizi into english

picture shows chinese writing on my dizi
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Chinese Dictionary Question

What do the characters in angle brackets signify? Examples: http://www.zdic.net/z/15/xs/4E48.htm "〈后缀〉" "〈助〉" http://www.zdic.net/z/16/xs/54C1.htm "〈形〉" "〈名〉" "〈动〉"
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你 vs. 妳 for second person

When writing to a female, is it appropriate to use 妳 for “you”? Could it be misunderstood as a reference to breasts or milk? Example: 我见过你面带笑容,我见过你面带愁容。

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