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What is the difference between 降水 and 增水?

As a regular listener of car radio, I notice that in recent weather reports of the national radio of China, a new phrase 增水 is used to describe the rainfall, e.g., 台风卡努将会为海南带来100毫米增水, but if it was in ...
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What does 常务 mean in an official title?

I have already met this phrase on many occassions, I guess it means a ranking less than the No. 1 boss when it is used in an official title, like常务副校长 is less or lower than 校长. But when I read a ...
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What is the difference between 会 and 说 in a simple 吗 question?

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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What is the meaning of 心理 in this context?

In this sentence from an article on 人民网: 收费方面,近距离的心理在15千克以下收入2000日元(约合人民币118元),15-25千克收费2500日元(约合人民币147元)。 However, what is the meaning of 心理 here? It means "psychology", but I don't understand ...
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Is 公安 an informal expression when used in the title?

公安 should be the shortened form of 公共安全 and English language media outlets of China give the official translation as Ministry of Public Security for 中国公安部. But the original Chinese is not so formal ...
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What is the tone for 少 in 老少边穷地区?

I hear Mr. Xi Jinping in his address to villagers spoke 老少边穷地区 in the fourth tone (i.e., 少 as 绍), but I think he might have made a mistake here, out of instincts, without any real understanding.
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Questions about policy of taxation

从使用年份起免征城镇土地使用税5年,第6年至第10年减半征收;超过500万元部分,减半征收企业所得税;国家重点扶持的高新企业,减按15%的税率征收企业所得税。 These are excepts from the favorable policies given by a local government in China. I do not really and fully ...
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In what contexts would someone say 她说话很刻 (tā shuōhuà hěn kè) (“she's got a sharp tongue”)?

A jukuu.com example sentence for 刻 is: 她说话很刻 She's got a sharp tongue (Tā shuōhuà hěn kè) I haven't encountered this usage of 刻 before, so I'm wondering how it might be used. Question: In ...
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What does 狗血 mean as an adjective?

As a noun, it means the blood of a dog, which might be used for a lot of purposes, I guess, but not for makeup or health? Some Chinese-made TV dramas are often known as 剧情狗血,which is quite beyond me. ...
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Is it overly formal to say 南开大学 (Nánkāi Dàxué) “Nankai University” instead of its abbreviation 南大 to people at 南开大学?

This is a sentence I wrote on WeChat to another teacher at Nankai University: 可是我不是一个学生。我是南开大学的教师。 But I'm not a student. I'm a teacher at Nankai University. (Kěshì wǒ bùshì yīgè xuéshēng. Wǒ ...
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What does 央企 mean?

I understand it is sort of a State-owned business, but it should be 国企 in Chinese, 央 does not make sense here, it seems. And in dictionaries and practical usage, the Chinese character 央 is not a word ...
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What role does 成 (chéng) play in the sentence 我把十块美元换成人民币?

A jukuu.com example sentence for 人民币 is: 我把十块美元换成人民币 I change ten dollars into Renminbi (Wǒ bǎ shí kuài měiyuán huàn chéng rénmínbì) Question: What role does 成 play in the sentence ...
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The sentence structure of the following sentence

In the following sentence: 此前的摩拜单车以橙色为主色调,此次发布的新车型改用了白色。另外,在零部件的更换以及坚固性上也有所优化。 In the sentence bold above, if I understand it correctly, the meaning is something like the follows: The parts ...
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The relationship of 我 and 咱们

In a current commercial ad of bird's nest aired by China's National Radio, two women identified as former classmates had the following conversation: 甲:我妈快70岁了,我要买礼物回去过中秋。 乙:是呀,好久都没见到咱妈了。。。。 It is ...
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What is the meaning of 大专?

I notice that in the recent evaluation of first-rate universities and disciplines in China, no colleges of vocational education are granted the honor. But I learn from other sources that such colleges ...
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The wrong word order

Today I read a piece of news in which a delivery man was invited by a young housewife into her room "进来吹空调" and which led to a dirty ending. 吹空调 is hard to understand, it might mean someone blows (...
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What is the real meaning of 爸爸去哪儿?

The popular Chinese reality show gives its official translation for the above as "Where are we going, dad?" But it should be "Where has dad gone?" or "Where is dad?" in my opinion.
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Are 无期 and 无限期 same?

As you know, when you say 无期徒刑, that means it is a lifetime prisonment or the term is limitless until your death, but recently the news said a Chinese singer claimed that he would 无限期 stay out of ...
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Who should be counted when responding to 你家有几口人 (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) “how many people are there in your family”?

An early question in Chinese people learn is: 你家有几口人? How many people are there in your family? (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) My Chinese text book contains these example responses: 五口人。他们是我爸爸,我哥哥,...
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What does 我看 do in the sentence 我看我吃不了这么大一条鱼?

A jukuu.com example sentence for 我吃不了 is: 我看我吃不了这么大一条鱼。 I don't think I can manage a huge fish like that. (wǒ kàn wǒ chībuliǎo zhèmedà yītiáoyú) It makes sense to me to say 我吃不了这么大一条鱼 (which ...
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What do 抓铁有痕 and 踏石留印 mean?

The two idioms appear multiple times in the news stories of Xinhua News Agency and other official media of Chinese governments. But there seem no direct explanation of them in Chinese, but I guess ...
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Meaning of 五 in this sentence

I'm reading a short story and I wondered what 五 means here but I guess it's 'slang'. A: 放肆! B retorted back: 你爹放五! (Sorry for not putting any research result, can't find any, I only know that 五 is ...
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Does “6514” have a meaning?

I was hoping someone may know if "6514", posted as a social network app status, has any meaning at all?
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What is the equivalent in English for 移步?

Literally, this means striding or walking, but it seems a polite term to urge people to move, e.g., 请移步到餐厅用膳, shall we say "Please walk to the dining room for your meal?" It sounds very awkward, ...
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What does 德法兼修 mean?

Another banner welcoming new students to Nankai University in the Law Building (I walk past these daily, so I'm hoping to practice reading them as I walk past each day): I transcribe this as: 励志勤学 ...
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Is it a pun intended here in the lyrics?

When I surfed the internet to find such an interesting or funny lingistic problem, which I don't think I can have clear idea, so I'd draw your attention to it if you could give a hand.
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What does 社会 mean in this context?

社会generally means society, community. But what is its real meaning in the following cases: 1. 社会力量办学;2.此为公交专用车道,社会车辆不得驶入; 3.走出校门,走进社会? My understanding is: 1. schools run by private sector; 2. this ...
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In what kind of contexts should you use 处于/处在?

I just read the article titled 睡眠时间男女不同 日本女性很难入睡, and in the article, I read the following sentence: 据《读卖新闻》下属的网络媒体报道,在几乎所有主要国家中,女性睡眠都比较好,尤其是北欧国家的女性处在容易睡眠的环境中。 Then I learned that 处在 is a synonym ...
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What is the 门 in 厦门 and 澳门?

Are there other Chinese cities besides 厦门 and 澳门 which end in 门 and what does 门 mean in this context?
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What is the equivalent in English for 情怀?

The information given in the Moments aka 朋友圈 of the application of WeChat often tries to show some 情怀 to catch the eyeball of readers,but what is the equivalent for this phrase? Passion? Compassion? ...
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Problem in understanding classical Chinese sentences

Recently, a friend asked me about some meaning of several sentences of classical Chinese, which I also can't understand. 对扬王休,用作尊彜。 呜呼!余夙夜维商密,不显,谁和? 汝慎和称五权,维中是以,以长小子于位,实维永宁。 ...
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What is the difference between 社会主义and 共产主义? [closed]

Known to the world as a communist (共产主义)country, China actually claims itself a socialist(社会主义) country in Chinese language or English language media published in China, what is the difference? Does ...
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Is it permissible to use 个 in any nouns as a measure word?

In the book titled "Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide", the author writes the following: In mainland China, in informal speech, 个 can be used as the classifier for almost any noun, ...
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What role does 事 play in 事不師古?

司馬遷, 史記,秦始皇本紀: 事不師古而能長久者,非所聞也。 I only understand the very broad meaning should be similar to: That someone flourished without learning from the ancients, thereof I never heard. But, to ...
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What does the '头' in '头一次遇到' mean?

I know the literal meaning of 头, but I'm confused about what it mean and what it's function is when it is placed in this structure. 头一次遇到 I wrote is not a complete sentence, but 一次遇到 here means the ...
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What is the relation between 国家主席 and 总理 in PR China? [closed]

It seems 国家主席 is the head of the state国家元首, and that 总理 is the head of government政府首脑, and the appointment of 总理 must be approved by 国家主席,so 国家主席 is higher than 总理 in official ranking. But the part ...
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What does '麦上' mean in 小蛮腰 song?

三百六十五秒 让你受不了 站在麦上顶你 继续我的小蛮腰 Do I have to literally translate '麦上' as 'standing on the wheat'? (I'm very sorry to ask about this song, we're learning about modern Chinese song, thanks in advance)
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What does 放 mean in the following contexts?

I often hear people say 你给我放聪明点or 你给我放老实点, I understand 放usually means to place or to release, but in this context it is really confusing. Do people mean to place things clever or honest in the ...
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The correct meaning for '要多讽刺就有多讽刺'

“最具社会责任教育家”开除患癌教师,要多讽刺就有多讽刺 Does '要多讽刺就有多讽刺' here mean 'you have to be as ironic as you need to be' (which i think quite weird here, but i'm not sure) or does it mean 'it's very ironic'?
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How to translate the phrase 利而物利章 in context?

I am reading a passage from 呂氏春秋. I think I understand the basic meaning of the three first quarters, but then it becomes difficult. The hard part is the tiny snippet below and especially the last ...
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Do '之后' and '后位' have the same meaning?

According to MDBG and Ichiba, 后位 could mean after/post-something, so what's the difference of '之后' and '后位'? Which one is correct: - 葬礼之后 - 葬礼后位 Does 后位 have to follow a noun?
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What does 即 mean in this sentence?

According to the top answer over 知乎 on the question 深度学习中 Batch Normalization为什么效果好?: 顾名思义,batch normalization嘛,就是“批规范化”咯。Google在ICML文中描述的非常清晰,即在每次SGD时,通过mini-batch来对相应的activation做规范化操作,使得结果(...
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What do 切入点 and 突破口 mean?

Today I hear the news on radio that the pollution work in Hebei, China deteriortates when some public officers are involved in the scandal of discharging polluted water. Then an official of the local ...
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Is 外地人 a derogatory word?

My Shanghainese friend frequently says 外地人 in slightly negative/hostile context. I understand the meaning of 外地人, which is people from different city/province. However, is it a derogatory term? Or is ...
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What does 上纲上线 mean?

I only know about 上网 or 上线, that is, to go online the Internet. But 上纲上线 can be heard from time to time, but the speakers often cannot clearly define the meaning. Neither can I.
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What does 前方高能 mean?

I think 能 might be misspelled, it might have been 熊, otherwise it doesn't make sense. But still "There is a tall bear ahead" is not good enough to get across, what does it really mean?
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What does 没门 mean?

I stumbled across this expression in the following context: 学世界语有没有意义,主要看你是什么目的。如果是想代替英语,没门。 In this context, I think the meaning of 没门 is pretty clear. I'm wondering how this expression may be ...
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Does the word '铬' have other meaning besides chromium/chrome?

那遍布的伤疤铬的她手指生疼 I don't think '铬' in this sentence means chromium, but I couldn't find other meaning except chromium in dictionary. Is it a typo?
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Why is 西藏 Tibet but not Xizang in English as are other names of place in China?

Perhaps it is the name given by English users when they first reached that region, but as we know after 1949, China adopted the pinyin and unified the spelling of English of names of place, Peking was ...
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Could someone please help explain to me what '收尸' means?

Could someone please help explain to me what '收尸' means? I'm learning what this '收尸' words mean, I've looked in ichiba, ichacha and mdbg and I still couldn't understand. They all said that the ...