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Meaning of 不之禁也 in context

Background and Question I am again translating Dai Hongci‘s diary from a visit in Vienna during the year 1906 into German. It contains the characters 不之禁也 in relation to indulging the students pastime ...
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How do I know 四周 means "four weeks" or "all around"?

四周确诊420万人,拜登终于坐不住了 At first I mistook it for "people all around Biden", until I clicked the caption I realize it means four weeks.
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Translation of 織草為茵 in context

I am translating Dai Hongci‘s diary. He is describing an Austrian school for young nobles (貴冑學堂). The above has a slightly unexpected word order. I am wondering, whether I understand it correctly (as ...
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The meaning of 打 in 邊個打邊個

In Cantonese, 唔知邊個打邊個 means "don't know (confused) who is who" The verb 打 (hit; attack) here seemingly occupy the position of 'is' in this phrase But the meaning of 'is' is not included in ...
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What is the meaning of "削平巨寇"?

I read the sentence 岳飞真是一员猛将,在很短的几天内削平巨寇。 削 means cut 巨 means huge how to read the 削平巨寇? it means cut the 巨寇?
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What does 经起 actually mean?

What does 经起 actually mean? Can you please give some sample sentences?
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Purpose of 了 except completion marker

What is the purpose of 了 in these sentences: 1:找到你了。(If it is completion marker, why doesn't it come right after the verb?) 2:我最喜欢看篮球比赛了.
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警察 vs 武警 difference

So I'm trying to understand the first sentence from the book 三体. The original: 汪淼觉得,来找他的这四个人是一个奇怪的组合:两名警察和两名军人,如果那两个军人是武警还算正常,但这是两名陆军军官。 My translation: Wang Miao thought the 4 men coming to him ...
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Does 面对疾病,特别是癌症,也就是恶性肿瘤 not imply 癌症就是肿瘤?

面对疾病,特别是癌症,也就是恶性肿瘤,除了及早治疗,彻底消灭癌细胞,心态也很重要。开朗、乐观是战胜癌症的武器。据统计,因此而完全恢复健康的奇迹并不少见;而悲观情绪,却间接成了癌细胞的帮手,加快了癌细胞在我们体内的繁殖。 HSK Coursebook 6上, listening, page 196 (original) The above is the listening component of ...
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Is this a correct sentence "你今天就不说多的话了"?

Usually you do talk much with me. But today I feel like there is something happened and I feel like that you don't talk much today. It is correct to say to you: "你今天就不说多的话了"? The meaning to ...
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What does 尤其 emphasize in the phrase 在触手处尤其多 ("there are particularly many on the tentacles")?

Below is a sketch of a 水螅 ("hydra") from a grade-8 biology textbook: 生物学,八年级,上册, 2013 The text writes the following (original): 外胚层有多种细胞,如刺细胞。刺细胞是腔肠动物特有的攻击和防御的利器,在触手处尤其多。 I'm interested ...
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What is the meaning of 及义?

One of Confucius sayings contains the construction 言不及义. It carries the meaning "unable to talk on serious topics", from what a dictionary gave me. However, I was interested in the per-...
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Dedicated craftsman locution

Could the phrase 事業心 be applied to a noun that means something like a “craftsman” (技工) or possibly artisan? How might I say “a dedicated craftsman” with “dedicated” in the sense of “focused and with ...
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Am I mishearing 这房子里究竟哪一样, and if not, how do I understand it?

After moving to a new place, friends are visiting Lao Wang. It turns out his wife has decided the curtains, carpet, etc. ……老王回答:“所有的家具都是我太太挑选的。”我终于忍不住问道:“这房子里究竟哪一样。是你挑选的呢?”老王思考了片刻,说:“我太太。” HSK5 past ...
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Why does Lao Wang 很期待同学聚会 ("look forward to the student party") when the party happened yesterday?

This is a HSK5 mock exam question from 新HSK5应试指南: 男:这两天怎么不见老王出来早锻炼啊? 女:别提了。昨天他们同学聚会,他兴奋得前一天一晚上没睡着,昨天早上才四点就起床了。结果今天累得爬不起来了。 问:关于老王,可以知道什么? (original) The given answer is: (A) 很期待同学聚会 (B) 每天都坚持早锻炼 (C)...
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A golfer is tricked out of his prize money: how do we determine whether he is (a) 充满智慧, (b) 非常善良, (c) 十分天真, or (d) 有些糊涂?

This a problem from 新HSK5应试指南 (pages 133页 and 134页): 一位著名的高尔夫球手赢得了一场比赛。他领取了奖金支票后,一个年轻的女子向他表示祝贺并告诉说自己的不幸——她可怜的孩子得了重病,正在医院里,而他却无力支付大笔的手术费和医药费。高尔夫球手被她那深切的母亲感动了,二话没说就在支票上签上自己的名字,然后递给那个女子,并告诉她,希望她的孩子早日健康。 ...
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What does 踏踏实实 mean here?

What does this actress mean here with "踏踏实实"? Maybe, she hopes the roles are "completely" (separated) 演员永远躲在角色后面。我希望我塑造的角色一个是一个,而且互不重复,踏踏实实。
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Meaning of a slogan for an advert

I found this old airline advert with a “slogan” using 3 by 3 words: 生於斯 情所依 In context, there is a huge calligraphy of 家, which means home. So the first three characters i would interpret as “i was ...
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What does 届 mean?

I guess this word means a term of an official post, but now we also find words like 这一届网友不吃你这一套 or 这一届群众没那么容易欺骗了,so what does the word really mean? 今年举办的欧洲杯是第几届?what exactly does that mean? Does it ...
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What does 高高矮矮 mean?

I encountered a sentence in a very sad story by Ba Jin: 十二年,多么长的日日夜夜!每次我回到家门口,眼前就出现一张笑脸,一个亲切的声音向我迎来,可是走进院子,却只见一些高高矮矮的没有花的绿树。 My question is, what 高高矮矮 means. It is the reduplication of 高矮, which ...
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What is a more accurate translation of 孕育 in sentences describing places and how they "give birth to" things?

The definition of 孕育 on Pleco is "(Fig.) give birth to/breed/nurture" While I understand how this meaning is brought over in sentences such as "天刚刚亮时,乃一天的开始,孕育着簇新的盼望。" I do not ...
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What is the exact function/purpose of 来了 at the end of sentences like this:

她吃晚饭的时候她朋友打电话来了。 I know it focuses the mind on perspective -- like the action previously stated has come toward the speaker in some way. But what is the exact function? I'd love to start naturally ...
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What does 按 mean in 打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应?

This is from a HSK5 exam listening section: 男:打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应。 女:昨天刚修的,居然又坏了?真耽误事儿,我看看。 问:女的对什么感到奇怪? I'm not sure what 按 is doing in this sentence. From the context, it seems to mean something ...
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Is there a Chinese phrase equivalent to "difficult to eat"?

I wonder if there is a Chinese word or phrase equivalent to "difficult to eat" or "hard to eat". For example, someone said that pomegranates and artichokes are among the 19 most ...
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'一三一四五二零' I need someone to confirm the meaning of this number sentence

1314520 (一三一四五二零) is a thing that my mother used to say to me. I asked her what those numbers meant and she told me to read them out loud. I think it means 'Love you forever' but I need someone to ...
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What does 的 mean in 你们在哪里认识的?

你们在哪里认识的? Nǐmen zài nǎlǐ rènshi de? Where did you meet? What does the character 的 mean in this sentence?
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Why add 左右 ("approximately") to the precisely stated time 25日17时15分左右?

当地时间25日17时15分左右,…… I was reading a newspaper, and stumbled upon the above. I'm puzzled as to why someone would state a time as precisely as 25日17时15分 then add 左右 (= "approximately") ...
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What is a "sound loan"?

I am going through Outlier dictionary for character 求: 求 depicts a centipede or millipede, indicating the original meaning “myriapod (a type of insect with a lot of legs).” It was borrowed for its ...
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How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形?

How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形? 得意忘形 déyìwàngxíng grow dizzy with success; be carried away by one's success so pleased as to lose one's sense of measure
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For 得过且过, how the meaning was derived?

得过且过 déguòqiěguò without high ambitions, but getting by I noted down the below meanings from context as below: 得 de obtain, get, gain, acquire 且 moreover 过 to go over The components means over.. where ...
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之 grammar and usage

Reading through the text as below. The zhi below is used to modify 路 of 人生? (way/road/path of life)? what exactly 之 in the two places? “每个人都有自己的人生之路,只有把握时间,勤于奋斗,不畏艰辛的人才能走好这条路。要走好人生之路,首先要懂得珍惜时间。” ...
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Meaning of 江山错落. 人间星火

Those two phrases are from this song on YouTube “礼仪之邦”. I have high confidence that I understand the 人间星火. But I am not quite sure about the 江山错落. Here is Google’s version: The country is scattered. ...
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不自量力 can this be used to under estimate one’s capabilities also?

I understand the meaning of 量 is measure, estimate. But how the capacity also was the meaning? any background, etymology? 量 liàng measure, estimate, capacity, quantity 不自量力 bùzìliànglì not have a ...
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In “一网打尽” what does 尽 mean?

一网打尽 yīwǎngdǎjìn lit. to catch everything in the one net. In this sentence what does 尽 means? how to easily remember the meaning by seeing the character without wild guess and imagining etymological ...
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就: what are the top 3 meanings by usage

就 is one of the most widely used word. From secondary school english student point of view/ general usage/ HSK exam point of view what are the 3 most meanings that covers by usage? dictionary has 20+ ...
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What does 按部就班 mean?

I have checked the dictionary, the following are the meanings for Idiom and its components. could not get how ‘keep conventional ways’ was the meaning derived. can share more light on this? thanks ...
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What does 其 add to 尤其?

尤 and 尤其 both mean "particularly, especially", correct? Then isn't 其 redundant? What role does 其 serve? Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) p 906.
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Mnemonic or technique to remember 咅 ,部, 陪

I want to remember 咅 pǒu and all the dependent words on 咅. Could you please let me know what is the correct way/ think process? What technique are you using to remember the meaning forever? This is my ...
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What is the meaning of 放 fàng in this idiom?

The meaning of 放 fàng from dictionary is “put, release”. “Put or place” is an entirely opposite word / antonym of “release, free, liberate” Then what does 放 mean in the following idiom: 放在心上 ...
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Who cook the soup? Confusion

[我煮汤 = I cook soup, this has confused who cook the soup..can you tell me grammer points how not to confuse with subject and object in this scenario:] I am translating this sentence, 他第一次为我煮汤,...
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Please help identify this signature and seal

I have 2 art sketches my grandfather brought home from WW2. I think the signature is Chinese and would like to know if this is true and what it says. I’d be grateful for any help.
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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confused about the character 就

Here is a sentence: 有時我唔開心會喊。之後我就心情好啲。 I don't understand the function of the word 就. In my mind, it is supposed to be 嘅, for possessive, considering the context and that 心情 (feelings) would be a noun....
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中学生 why not secondary student life?

As 生 means life I thought 中学生 = secondary study life. But actual meaning of 中学生 is Secondary School Student. xuésheng is student, so I remember it as student. Why it is student rather study life?
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How do I ecourage my spouse, in Mandarin, to fly free in her job, and assure here we are supporting her and welcoming her home

My spouse just landed their dream job! They start next week and I am going to celebrate their first day. Their dream is to be able to fly free, and high and to always be welcomed home in a warm and ...
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I am from or I come from in Chinese

What's the difference of these two and are they used only for the place you originated from?
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how “from” and “since” meanings originated for 自

I am going through the word: 自幼 zìyòu since childhood 自 zì self, oneself, from, since, naturally, surely; private, personal Understand 自 originally a nose symbol. how the meanings “from” and “since” ...
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What does 晓敏 means

I understand 晓敏 is girls name. Understood. but what exactly that means? 晓 dawn, to know 敏 quick, clever, smart Is it quick dawn? Know quickness? Quick ? Clever? Smart Dawn? Smart?
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difference between 伴 and 配

I am reading a restaurant menu in Chinese and found the usage of 伴 and 配 perplexing. What is the rule? (Or is there?) For example: 咖喱燒雞配印度薄餅及印度飯 and 蘋果批伴雲呢拿汁
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What is the meaning of 省 in character breakdown

I went on zdic.net to find out about 乔. It says in the 详细 section, 会意。从夭,从高省,高亦声。夭,象人(大)行走的样子。本义:高 To my understanding, when a character is of the 会意 type, part of the character might be both ...

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