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meaning of 都 in 从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!

I found a sentence in an article that says, "不知道大家是不是和我一样,从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!" I understand all the meaning of the sentence but can't understand what part 都 plays in the sentence. Any help will ...
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What is the difference between 星期日 and 周日? [duplicate]

I know the definition of both of these words are Sunday but in what context are they used?
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What's the difference between 周 and 星期? [duplicate]

From a dictionary lookup, it seems that both 周 and 星期 can mean "a week"—is there any difference in usage?
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What's the difference between 星期X and 周X?

When accepting an answer, I noticed that the example used the word 周三 for Wednesday, but in my grammar, the days of the week are 星期一, 星期二, etc... They seem both correct but, what's the difference? ...
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Are 我听不清你说了的 and 我听不见你说了的 both correct?

I want to say: I did not hear what you said. Is it 我听不见你说了的 correct? I did not hear clearly what you said. Is it 我听不清你说了的 correct?
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Can 是 be changed into 的?

I have been playing a farming game these days and I joined a Chinese neighborhood in the game. There’s a chatting room feature that allows members of the neighborhood to chat with one another. I don’t ...
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What is the meaning of 没 in 有啥推荐没? [duplicate]

有啥推荐没? What is the meaning of 没 here in this sentence? Can I put 吗 instead of 没 here?
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What is the meaning of …不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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What does 介绍人 mean?

I have the following text: 丁力波的爸爸是加拿大人,妈妈是中国人。汉语是他爸爸,妈妈的 “介绍人”。 What does “介绍人” mean? Does it make sense?
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How gender specific in writing is the character 他

A couple of years ago I wrote this comment below an answer: On mainland China 他 is used for both male and female. I've only seen 她 used as a stylistic thing for advertising and some old formal ...
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What does 赚走 mean in 赚走93.3亿美元?

I'm having trouble understanding 赚走 in the following snippet: 得益于此,该企业二季度在华收入同比增长了1.9%,赚走93.3亿美元(约合650亿元人民币)。为了进一步扩大在华市场份额,苹果准备“入乡随俗”也不难理解。 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航,2020年08月10日 I'm not ...
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Does 下 in 吃不下饭 convey any meaning?

我们着急得吃不下饭,睡不好觉。 I understand that 好 in 睡不好觉 adds the meaning of "well", so "sleep well" instead of "sleep", but does 下 in 吃不下饭 change anything?
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Differences between “Verb + Adj”, “Adj + Verb”, “Verb + 得 + Adj” and “Adj + 地 + Verb”?

I am having some difficulties understanding the differences in meaning between the following structures (the examples are from Line dictionary): Verb + Adj e.g: 走快了她会累。 Zŏu kuài le tā huì lĕi. ...
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What is the difference between 晚上 and 夜里?

when I was looking the definition of both of these words. It showed that they both meant night. Does both of these words mean night?
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Can anybody identify these chop markings or calligraphy please (Characters identified: 季康長壽 寧復畫記)

I have been given a scroll not sure if it is chinese or Japanese but I know it is over fifty years old. I am trying to find out more about it such as the artist and what the writing says.
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What is the fundamental difference between 大同世界 and Utopias

I wanted to add '大同世界' as an entry to a Chinese dictionary a group of editors and I are working at. At first, I thought 'Utopias' could be one of its definitions. But I searched 大同世界 on the net and ...
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Is there a difference in connotation between questions ending in 吗 vs. X 不 X

Is there any difference in connotation/region/modernity/etc. between questions ending in 吗 and affirmative/negative questions? For example, does: 你很累吗? connote something different than: 你累不累? And ...
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What does the chinese lettering mean on my shirt? [closed]

I bought this shirt and now I'm curious what the Chinese lettering means. i tried to translate, but it is very hard. Can you help me translate?
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What does the lettering on my shirt mean? (Characters identified: 花樣年華)

My friend gave me this shirt, I've been trying to figure out what it means. Can anyone translate it?
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What is the meaning of 立体 in 立体还原一个地区地生态多样性?

When I look up 立体 at http://www.zdic.net/c/b/110/297322.htm I get: (1) [solid]∶具有长、宽、厚的形体 立体图形 (2) [three-dimensional; stereoscopic] (3) 包括地面、水、空中的 立体战争 (4) 指地面以上具有若干横向层次的 I guess, in this sentence, ...
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What are the seal characters on this white jade pendant? (Characters identified: 龍德)

What do these Chinese seal characters mean?
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What type of meanings/functions can/does 谁 have?

I had learnt some grammar points where 谁 seems to introduce a subordinated phrase (those people who (谁做谁) ... and who would be 谁, now I was wondering what other functions 谁 could have.
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What does `想要` emphasize exactly?

So far I know 想 means want to e.g I want to know or I want to have. 要 is more like must or need e.g. I need to go or I must go. Is 想要 more like 想得到 / 想有, that you want to get something, you want to ...
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Do “声优” and “配音演员” mean the same thing?

Google Translate gives "voice actors" for "声优" and "配音演员" for "voice actors". Do "声优" and "配音演员" mean the same thing? Who is the most famous ...
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Why there is 份 in 身份?

What is the meaning of 份 in 身份? Is 份 used as a word pointing to a papers i.e. documents (passport and so on)? Or is it used as a 'division' so as to differentiate a man from man (身 body in our case)?
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What does 亮黄灯了 mean in 我承认,应该是运动量过大,身体亮黄灯了?

Can someone please tell me what 亮黄灯了 means in this sentence: 我承认,应该是运动量过大,身体亮黄灯了 And why is the colour yellow (黄) used?
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Hokkien name to Mandarin

A friend of mine has a Hokkien name of 'eng leng' (leng is long and means dragon). However, I have no idea of this 'eng'. This name was given by her ancestor who is really passed. So I am helpless ...
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meaning of 從 in 必操几杖以從之

In the following sentence, what does 從 mean? What is the implicit subject of 從之? 謀於長者,必操几杖以從之。 I'd appreciate your help.
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What does 暴走 mean in 这就是让卡罗琳听到,估计也会暴走?

What does 暴走 mean? I tried searching and it said something about running away. This is the full sentence: 这就是让卡罗琳听到,估计也会暴走。
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In classical Chinese, does 從 always imply the follower is lower in rank?

When 從 in Classical Chinese means "to follow", literally as in "John followed Peter to the park," does the subject (the follower) necessarily refer to someone who is lower in rank ...
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What's the meaning of 預約拘捕(Arrest by Appointment)?

What's the objective of Appointment? Is it kind of Wanted poster?
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Why say 少说两句 to break up a fight?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~25m45s), during an argument the protagonist calls another pregnant woman a 骚货 ("slut") and they start physically fighting. A third woman tries to break them up and ...
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What would be a proper Chinese name for someone meaning “achieving purpose/ambition?”

I'm an American writing a novel in English and I have a Chinese character I want to give a real Chinese name. I'd like his name to mean something along the lines of "will," "purpose,&...
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How does “do” (做) mean “become” (成)? [duplicate]

In the sentence ‘I want to be[come] a policeman’, why is the verb for ‘become’, ‘do’? 我想做一个警察。 Wǒ xiǎng zuò yīgè jǐngchá. I have seen one of the dictionary definitions of 做 to mean ’become’, but ...
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Do time range constructions as “从~至” and “从~到” have a different meaning without 从?

In the following sentence, the teacher said that, since there is no 从 at the beginning it means that not everyday 我 have exams. If there was a 从 it would mean that 我 would have exams everyday until 六 ...
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What is the difference between 呀 and 啊?

呀 and 啊 both seem to be used in the end of sentences for exclamation, and the only difference that I can think of is that the pronunciation in Putonghua (Mandarin) is different. In Cantonese, even the ...
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Difference between 留神,留意,留心?

I am now learning 近义词 and got a problem with distinguishing the difference between 留神,留意,留心. The textbook says: 他干什么特别留心,看书时也常常做笔记 (留神and留意arent allowed here) 多亏我对他留了一点心,这个情况没有告诉他 (留神 and 留意 ...
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The correct way to parse “就打赢了” in 是个很普通就打赢了的对手哦?

I was reading an excerpt from a story, and I'm having a discussion with my friend over the correct way to parse this line said by a certain character, let's call him 1, about character 2. ...
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Does 愛 belong to 你 or to 我 in this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛?

So far I know the language: 你的愛 = your love 我的愛 = my love Does this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛 mean: In your heart understand me to your love or In your heart understand my love to you?
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In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right), what does 文佳佳 mean when she yells “像话么,你”?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~6m), the protagonist 文佳佳 yells at the driver for being late. She rants: 我是花钱买服务的,我整整坐了12个小时的飞机,我需要休息。你知道吗?小心点,这箱子很贵啊!你赔不起,我告诉你。我告诉你 我要投诉你们,你看别人都拿着个牌子举着等人。早早地就来了,你倒好,恨不得。干脆这样吧。...
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What's the meaning of 戒 in 戒指?

On a lighter note: Does 戒 in 戒指 mean: you can stop using your finger now you are married? With this ring I thee wed.
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Why is 再 used in 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧?

I found this sentence in a book: 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧。 I don't understand why I have to write 再 inside this sentence. What is the use of 再 in the sentence and what does it do to complete the meaning of ...
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How to distinguish between homophone words 再 and 在 zài

I wonder how one can distinguish in an oral conversation between homophone words: 再 and 在, as both have the same pronunciation zài. For example, in the sentence Wǒ zài kàn diànyǐng. how one can ...
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How do I break apart 电子纸是利用电泳显示技术原理发明而成的?

I'm struggling to understand how the part in bold breaks apart: 电子纸是利用电泳显示技术原理发明而成的,之所以也被称为“纸”,是因为它可以最大限度地模拟传统纸张的功能。 HSK6 past exam; also Coursera HSK6 course, week 7, lesson 3 Breaking it apart ...
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干父母 vs. 义父母 translation/meaning?

干父母 (if I may use this term): 干爹 = 义父 干妈 = 义母 so 干父母 = 义父母 but what does it mean? 拜认为父母 English translations usually go like this: 干爹 = godfather 干妈 = godmother 义父 = stepfather (adoptive ...
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Does 伊 have any special meaning?

I know it’s often used in old script and such, but there aren’t many other uses. I was always told that my Chinese name meant light/beautiful girl, but I haven’t found anything pointing to that ...
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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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Is 老鸽 (lit. “old pigeon”) slang?

I've seen some cases (in stories, on the internet) where people call each other '老鸽'. As the literal meaning 'old pigeon' doesn't make much sense, I think it's slang but I haven't been able to find ...
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What does 并没有 mean?

I am confused about the usage of character 并 with 没有来, as in this sentence: 他并没有来北京 Does it mean: She never (and will not) come to Beijing. She hasn't come to Beijing, yet. (but she will come soon)
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Meaning of the expression 黄毛小儿

Is 黄毛小儿 a sort of idiomatic phrase? Literally it would mean a "yellow haired child." I saw it on a TV drama, but from the child in question was definitely not yellow haired. Since the speaker was ...

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