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Questions concerned understanding of individual words or phrases, considering a context in which these words and phrases are expressed.

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Can I replace 可以不用 with 不需要?

This sequence: 可以不用 sounds odd to me. Maybe for Chinese ears it sounds perfectly natural. I suppose my brain immediately puts it in English, but I think the meaning is not 'you can not use' but rather ...
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What is the meaning of 会 in 你们太会了 and the sentence's connotation?

I'd like to start off with the context so it'll make sense: There was a photo of a female Chinese celebrity sitting down and some fans cropped and pasted that photo on different photos, to make her ...
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Difference between 我一句汉语也没听懂 and 我一句汉语也听不懂

(1)刚来中国时,我一句汉语也没听懂。 (2)刚来中国时,我一句汉语也听不懂。 For me: (1) states the situation that "I cannot understand Chinese sayings" without pointing out any reasons (2) uses potential complement "听不懂&...
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Meaning of 的 in 我十岁才到的美国

I do not understand the meaning of 的 in the following sentence: 我爸爸是美国人,妈妈是意大利人,我十岁才到的美国。 This sentence is in my Chinese textbook. At first, I had thought it may be wrong. Afterward, I run into ...
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How would you translate the line 我在寻人启事上看见我身份证办好 from the movie 地久天长

I'm having trouble understanding what 我在寻人启事上看见我身份证办好 means in the following dialogue. Here is some context: A young guy gets mad at his parents and decides to go away leaving no traces (he goes ...
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Can you still use “Number + MW + 多” when the Number can be more than one MW larger?

I have a doubt related to these questions: Does 多 always come after the measure word?, How to correctly use "多" to say "more than"? In the answers, they explain you can give an ...
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Meaning of 那就一样来一个吧 in the conversation

A: 这儿的辣子鸡丁和糖醋鱼都不错。 B: 那就一样来一个吧。 (1) How can 那就一样来一个吧 be translated into English? (2) What is the meaning of 来? I think it means "bring to (us)".
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What's the meaning of 虚化 in Chinese linguistics?

I was reading a research paper in linguistics and came across this definition 虚化结果补语。 I'm not sure what the proper English translation would be. There are a couple introductory sentences that ...
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在一篇关于墨尔本疫情的文章里,作家为什么先写“爆发”再写“暴发”?

在下面的文章里,我们可以看到“爆发”和“暴发”,这两个近义词。这两个词都形容墨尔本里新冠病毒的新增确诊病例,迅速地上升。 据新西兰先驱报报道,据称,澳大利亚墨尔本新冠肺炎隔离酒店内负责观察守卫入境游客和归国人员的警卫,被指控与客人发生性关系,导致维多利亚州爆发新的疫情。 …… 维多利亚州州长丹尼尔·安德鲁斯承认,酒店员工中有“少量”违规行为,他说这可能是导致疫情暴发的原因。 尴尬!...
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在一篇台湾小说里的句子“当下、梦和回忆”中,“当下”指的是什么?

下面摘自一篇台湾的小说(/r/MandarinBookClub当前的小说): 下了飞机,爸爸还在跟司机讨价还价,我已经坐上计程车。整个人昏昏沉沉的,车窗的风夹带着牛粪味灌进来,我看着奔跑过的树木和柏油路,又有一点分不清楚来往的现实和梦。我有时候怀疑,难道对其它人来说,当下、梦、回忆是这么容易分辨的三样东西吗?窗外以不一样速度移动的前景和远景,会让我想到某个深夜在仁爱路奔跑时,隔着眼泪看到的景象;...
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How did 零 come to mean zero?

I understand that 零 originally meant rain, however for some reason it eventually became fragments and then also zero. How did the meaning of this character shift to become fragments (rain drops, maybe?...
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What is the meaning of 怼回去?

I came across a comment: 巴西柔术被误以为女子防身术, 怎么怼回去 What is the meaning of 怎么怼回去?
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我很喜歡你呀 in a specific context

It may be somewhat inappropriate, but I have to talk about this short story (在明孝陵乘涼 by 魏微)at a seminar: Link to original I have been taught "我喜歡你", when said between people of opposite sexes,...
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How is 床 related to 临床 and 东床?

床 is bed, on which people sleep or lie. But 临床 has the connection with medical profession and 东床 seems to be in relation to in-laws, but why is so? Because these two do not have any express features ...
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What is the meaning of 看场子?

"1997年,他到东莞打工,在一家木材厂给人看场子,在那里,他学会了汉族的生活方式,和朋友一起打台球,到歌厅唱歌。" Hi everyone! I'm trying to translate this sentence, but I don't understand what 看场子 stands for in this sentence. I know it could ...
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In 则无迟重之虞所谓顶头悬也, does 顶头悬 translate to “Incoming Danger”?

I stumbled across this word in an old Tai Ji Quan text, in the following context: 则无迟重之虞所谓顶头悬也。 I translated the main part of this sentence as "Don't be paralyzed by fear, which is referred to as....
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Purpose of the reduplication in 一步一步地往上爬

(A)别着急,一步一步地往上爬,爬不动的时候就休息一会儿。 (B)我请田芳一句一句地给我纠正。 I learned about the reduplication of Measure words (e.g:个个,天天 ) but these sentences use a different structure. (1)What is the purpose of this ...
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How to ask about career intentions/aspirations

I found this helpful post on the site outlining how to ask a child what they want to do/be when they grow up. Examples: 長大後你想做什麼? 你長大後想當什麼? 你长到以后想干什么啊? Are these questions equally appropriate for ...
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What does 不按套路出牌的脑回路 mean? “unconventional brain circuitry”?

I'm reading a Chinese novel and I'm having trouble understanding something I feel is rather metaphorical. 张侃侃 is resisting being 追求ed by the flirtatious 谈晋. 张侃侃 tore her clothes and as she is ...
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如何了解「喜欢你,我也是」里写这个替代“秒怂”的词?

我在看着书时遇到了下面不认识的字: “呃,那个……”张侃侃听到“学姐”二字,秒~。她舔舔嘴唇尴尬地说,…… 喜欢你,我也是,12页 我无法输入这个词:除了我的手机,我也尝试用QHanzi和Chinese Input,可是都不能识别“秒”右边的那个字。 为了对比,下面是Kindle版的相同部分。奇怪的是,那两词不一样。 “呃,那个……”张侃侃听到“学姐”二字,秒怂。她舔舔嘴唇尴尬地说,…… ...
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What is the meaning of 老不死 exactly?

I'd like to know in depth detail, what is the meaning of this expression? How come there is only a few people saying it? Old and not died is a good thing in my mind.
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What is the literal translation of the first line of the Tao Te Ching?

You see this: 道可道非常道 dào kě dào fēicháng dào Often translated as "The Dao that can be told is not the eternal and unchanging Dao". What is the literal translation? What's missing is, we ...
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Placement of duration complement 很长时间 before a negated verb 没看?

I found the following sentence: 我很长时间没看电影了。 Wǒ hěn cháng shíjiān méi kàn diànyǐngle. I haven't watched a movie in a very long time. I believe 很长时间 (very long time) is the duration of the action 没看 (...
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何处横空出世 - meaning

I am translating an article about Elon Musk and one of the subtitles is called "何处横空出世?". I don't quite understand what 横空 means. I found one translation that said it means some kind of ...
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What's wrong with 很多同学坐着在草地上?

很多同学坐着在草地上 => My textbook gives me the correct sentence: 很多同学坐在草地上. But I think the original one is not wrong. (1) 很多同学坐着在草地上. Many students are sitting on the grass. (2) 很多同学坐在草地上. Many ...
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Differences between 饭,菜, 食 and 餐

What are the differences between 饭,菜, 食 and 餐?Basically all mean food. But I know they are sometimes used in different curcimstances. What is then the most common word for food: 菜 or 食 ? 我吃过四川菜。Also ...
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What is the meaning of 屏幕前的你?

In the following sentence: 曾有朋友戏称,脱发已经成为了当代青少年担忧的最大问题!屏幕前的你,是否也在感概”头发都去哪儿了“? I don't understand what 屏幕前的你 means. 屏幕 means "screen", but then I don't understand the part 前的你. So what does the ...
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How to write and structure a modern professional follow-up email like a native Chinese speaker?

I'm interested in how the modern professional email structures differ between Chinese and English. I'd like to create a go-to template/structure that can convert what native English speakers ...
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Phrases to acknowledge being corrected in Mandarin

When I lived in China, I was often corrected for using grammar improperly or translating too literally. I don't think I ever learned a good response to this. I usually wanted to be courteous and ...
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Meaning of 这么说 in the conversation

A:她未婚夫不愿意让她工作了。 B:这么说,结婚以后她就不工作了。 A:对。 My questions are (1) What is the meaning of 这么说 in this conversation? (2) In addition, does 这么说 have any other meanings? Can you give me some examples?
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Difference between 就要。。。了 and 要。。。了

(1)明天他就要回来了。 (2)明天他要回来了。 I wonder if both sentences are different. Can anyone tell me the difference between 就要。。。了 and 要。。。了?
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A joke involving 忆苦思甜

I ran into the following wordplay: That's your dad! [...] I heard he has two wives, one back in the countryside, and a new one. Why do you think one's called Sitian and the other is called Yiku? I ...
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Meaning of 一样 in 你要像喜欢甜一样喜欢苦

你要像喜欢甜一样喜欢苦 My questions are (1) What does 一样 means in this sentence? (2) Can I put VERBS following 一样? E.g: 我跟Mary一样喜欢那种菜。(Both I and Mary like that dish) (3) If my example is wrong, how can it ...
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Is my sentence 如果我没去上班就一起朋友去玩 grammatially correct?

I have written the following sentence 如果我没去上班就一起朋友去玩 But, I am not sure if it is grammatically correct or not. Please give me some guidance.
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What is the meaning of 臭石头 (slang)?

I remember that my dad used this occasionally when he was arguing with my mom. Google translate just returns smelly rock, but I know it's gotta be some sort of slang, as whenever my dad said it, my ...
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“同儕” vs “同僚” vs “同事”

I know that 同事 means colleague, but I have seen 同儕 and 同僚 used in similar context. Below are random examples of each I found on google: 在同儕關係中彼此地位平等、較能相互學習。 由於他過度地自負,同僚們不喜歡他。 Are these words ...
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What is the function of 就是

What does 就 是mean and how do we use it I have seen many times people using like in this sentence 就是关于爱情的 so what does 就是really means
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说你胖 你还喘上了 来劲儿了 how does this translate in english in this context?

I'm trying to figure out what the sentence in the title means in this context: A gang of punks has just beaten a retarded guy and another guy, who saw what was going on, tries to stop them but he ...
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几 in declarative and interrogative sentence

几 has two meanings: "several" and "how many?" But I have no clear understanding of separation one from another. E.g.: 后面有几个人笑起来了. - declarative 你家有几口人? - interrogative I know ...
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- 古伦木! - 欧巴! Meaning in this context?

I'm watching the movie "in the heat of the sun" and very often groups of people seem to greet this way: a guy says "古伦木!" and the other one says "欧巴!". Now, I'm trying to figure out if this has some ...
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What part of speech is 到 (to) when used in 两只饿到眼绿的老鼠正在房梁上打架?

I was having trouble with the sentence 两只饿到眼绿的老鼠正在房梁上打架 because I could not understand the usage of 到 here. After I spent some time thinking I figure the meaning is that the rats were hungry to ...
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Meaning of 图像 in this sentence: 图片可作为单独的图像

500万像素,带LED灯(图片可作为单独的图像) This is the description of the resolution of a digital camera. So it says 5 million pixels and an LED light included, and I don't really understand what it says between ...
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“How's that sound?” in Mandarin

What would be an appropriate way to end a sentence after making a suggestion/offering an opinion in anticipation of the response? For instance, while talking to a friend, I share something with them ...
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What does “格” mean in “爾國臨格”?

Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version: 爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、 The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer. I fail to ...
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What is the difference between 会 and 说 in 你会英文吗? vs. 你说英文吗?

What is the difference between the characters 会 (huì) and 说 (shuō), for example in these simple closed questions: 你会英文吗? [Nǐ huì Yīngwén ma?] 你说英文吗? [Nǐ shuō Yīngwén ma?] I am wondering since ...
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《庄子》人间世篇名读音及其解释讨论(Zhuangzi discussion)

《庄子》内七篇,曰:逍遥游、齐物论、养生主、人间世、德充符、大宗师、应帝王。 吾见今主流皆解人间世篇名作人间社会,而亦有异见作人处社会解,甚以为然。 庄子善寓言、重言、卮言。人间世多假人口而述己,略可剖为:颜回请行孔子,叶公子高使齐语孔子,颜阖傅太子而问蘧伯玉,匠石不顾栎社,南伯子綦异大木,孔子适楚遇接舆 等章。 纵观南华,庄子喻人以处己,而非论世以砭弊,故也人间世作人处世,读去声,明矣。 ...
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What does 你们已经干得够多了 mean?

I read an opinion piece regarding the US response to the coronavirus: 哥伦比亚大学教授质问美国高官:用谎言攻击中国可能导致冲突,“你们没有羞耻感吗?” (7 May 2020). I don't understand one part: 特朗普先生、蓬佩奥先生,你们收到了很多警告。到目前为止,...
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How do expressions like “二嫂” work in Mandarin?

From what I've known from watching Chinese dramas, siblings or fellow disciples may refer to each other as "big brother/sister" (oldest/first), "2nd/3rd brother/sister" (in-between), or "little ...
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What is the correct way to ask “How do I get to your school” in Mandarin?

Here my focus is to understand the correct usage of 怎么走 and 到. The English sentence is, "How do I get to your school". This is in terms of asking the directions to reach the school. I found three ...
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Help me translate the red signature seal on this picture?

I inherited these pictures from my grandmother who bought them in China in 1980-81. I have had a difficult time trying to translate the red artist signature seals. I have tried image translator app, I ...

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