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What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常?

What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常? Or do they have the same meaning?
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What is the meaning of 会 in 你们太会了 and the sentence's connotation?

Context: There was a photo of a Chinese celebrity sitting down and some fans cropped and pasted that photo on different photos, so it looked the person was sitting on a horse or bicycle etc. The ...
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我可不觉得 - agree or disagree?

I worked with dialogue of two persons: A: 外边下雨. 挺有意思. B: 我可不觉得. 上个星期我穿了新衣服出门, 忽然倾盆大雨. 我的衣服报废了. 可不 - vocabulary translation gives "1) that's just the way it is. 2) exactly". But here Person B is ...
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What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?

Both 网上 and 在线 mean "online". What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?
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What is the meaning of 刚 in 变形金刚?

I came across the word 变形金刚 in a short children's story that I read and Pleco dictionary states that it refers to either shape-shifting warriors protecting the Buddha, or Transformers (which Google ...
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Does 很 actually convey a meaning of very/extremely?

In dictionaries 很 is translated as 'very' but I'm not sure this is correct. If I want to say "I am happy" the mandarin is 我很高兴. The character 很 is used even though the english phrase shows no sign ...
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What does 就 mean in 你怎么就睡在这里了呀?

你怎么就睡在这里了呀? Searching 就 up on the Chinese Grammar Wiki gives a pretty long list of usages, and I have no idea what (if any) is most applicable.
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'最终有个交代‘, '交代’ meaning

The sentence comes to my mind is at least, in the end, I can say that I tried everything I could. Is there a corresponding expression for ‘交代’ here?
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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What role does 的 play in the sentence 我不明白你刚说的第一句话?

I take 我不明白你刚说的第一句话 to mean "I don't understand what you said in the first line" I'm trying to understand what 的 does in this sentence (or grammar function). Relatedly, would it be possible to omit ...
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How to parse “就算世界与我为敌”?

I'm looking at the phrase: "就算世界与我为敌" and I understand that the gist of it is: "Even against the whole world" But, I don't fully understand how to properly parse it. In particular, the words: 与 - ...
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What is the meaning of 有针对性地

The sentence is: 企业通过以上两张表格可以了解到目前员工最需要什么方面的培训,然后可以有针对性地给员工补充“能量”。 The use of '有针对性' with '地' here confused me. It seems to say '(have relevance)ly give', 'relevant' or 'relevantly give', either of ...
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Why/how does 说 mean update in 下次再说?

In the app for 百度网盘 I am prompted to 立即更新 or 下次再说. Clearly 说 means update, but I don't see any definition that allows that.
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What does 套 mean in …绝对没有一个规则套在这里…?

This is 俞敏洪 speaking: 这个问题两说,我建议想清楚了一件事情以后再去做,只要想清楚了,你就要不断往前, 只要资源允许,时间,能力没问题,你都要坚持去做。 这就和战争一样总是要看到当时当地的情况才能下决定,绝对没有一个规则套在这里,大家以后就不用去思考。 绝对没有一个规则[套]在这里 (there is) absolutely no rule/principle [...
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Could you please explain me a difference

I am writing one project about an aspect in Chinese, but I have some difficulties in the Chinese variant of Continuous. Could you please explain me a difference between the meaning of there 3 ...
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Are 耳光 and 巴掌 the same?

There is this sentence in this story 沙漠里的朋友: 今天我的好朋友打了我一巴掌. Here, can I replace 巴掌 with 耳光?
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What does 惟覺 mean here?

While lying in the hospital, I am thinking about 唐詩。 Particularly about this one: 多情卻似總無情,   惟覺樽前笑不成。   蠟燭有心還惜別,   替人垂淚到天明 I think I can more or less understand it, but I have no idea what 惟覺 ...
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What does 自个 mean: “since a” or “onself”

As a title, I have found to meanings for 自个: "since a" or "oneself", what is correct and how to translate it?
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What is the difference between 由于 and 因为?

What is the difference between "由于" and "因为"? For example, what is the difference between 由于今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。 and 因为今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。
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What does the sound “app” mean in Chinese?

I noticed that Chinese sometimes prefer to say "ay pee pee" rather than just "app" when referring to a computer application. I infer there is a chance that "app" already had a meaning in a Chinese ...
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What does 嘰咿— mean?

I'm reading a Chinese manga translation and have come across this note above a panel: 嘰咿— I'm not sure what it could mean or say in English. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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Meaning of 泡­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

I first encountered this word in the brand of a kid's drink, O泡. When I looked it up I saw that it meant something like "bubble", and was (ironically for the name of a drink) the classifier for urine....
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What does 才 mean in 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮?

What does 才 mean in this sentence? 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮。 (Quote taken from a nursery rhyme.) After looking in the dictionary my best guess is that it means "just" or "only", so as to make ...
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What does 严防境外输入 mean?

What does this mean? 严防境外输入 Seems it is common in social media at the moment. Does it mean "avoid foreign influence" or "avoid foreigners immigrating or visiting"?
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What is the meaning of 后 in ~分钟后?

What is the meaning of 后? For example, 我二十分钟后应该就到了。 I believe 后 means behind? I still don't get how 后 should be placed in the sentence. I thought it made more sense when it was, 我二十分钟应该就到。 How ...
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Is 太君 a derogatory word?

These days it seems popular that Chinese netizens call Japanese 太君. According to some posts on 百度知道, like this or this or this, although they explain the etymology and the meaning of the word, there ...
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What is the difference between 魂 and 魄?

Maybe this is a religious technical question and therefore a bit tricky. In English, soul and spirit are used more or less interchangeably, although their origins are dissimilar. spirit: mid-13c., "...
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What's the difference between 差異 and 差別?

Do both of them mean "difference?" Not sure if they are the same part of speech or if they are interchangeable.
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What does 弹性 refer to in this sentence?

This text discusses '人体运动到底有没有极限?‘ 人的心理因素弹性很大,积极的精神状态可以激发身体潜能,从而让运动员在竞赛中超水平发挥。 弹性: 物体受外力作用发生形变、除去作用力能恢复原来形状的性质 (zdic.net) 弹性: flexibility, elasticity However, I don't think they want to say 'the ...
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Can I rewrite 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设 using 的 or 地 instead of 得?

I'm not too sure what this 得 is doing here. If I rewrite as in 2. or 3. is that a) correct and b) still the same meaning? 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端的,空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端地空前绝后的假设,。。...
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Has 管理 something to do with plumbing? If so then

Has "管理 = manage" something to do with plumbing, making pipes or taking care of them? As far as I know 管 is a measure word for tube-shaped objects. So my logic suggest that 管理 is an meaning-extension ...
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What is the meaning of 声 in …车市降价声已经是此起彼伏?

What is the meaning of '声‘ in this sentence? 近2/3的进口车也大幅降价;而2004年、2005年和2006年,车市降价声已经是此起彼伏。
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Difference between 生气 and 愤怒

I can't find the difference between 生气 and 愤怒. Oxford Dictionary says angry means 生气, but I found 愤怒 in the online dictionary. Both have more than 20 million hits on Google, both have pictures of ...
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I need help with the translation of 长和能力

I'm working with Chinese resumes and I've found 长和能力 as a section title. I tried to translate it using the Google Translate and it says it means "Length and capacity". Is there any alternative ...
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What should I use to say “I love you”: “wa ai lo” or “wo ai ni”?

Some of my Chinese friends speak Chinese. I asked them how to say "I love you" in their language, but most of them said "wa ai lo" not "wo ai ni", how can this be? I look for google translate, it ...
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What does 糗大 (qiǔdà) mean?

What does 糗大 (qiǔdà) mean in the following phrase? 那才真的糗大了。 From context, I think it ought to mean something like "that would really be terrible" or "that would be far worse," but I can't find a ...
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In “我给他打败了”, who defeated whom?

Does "我给他打败了" mean "I defeated him" or "I was defeated by him"? It seems that “我给他骗了” means "I was cheated by him", but "我给他送走了" means "I send him away". In general, if we say "我给他……(动词)了", how to ...
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What is this 所 here?

This is the sad story of a little piece of gold that wants to shine but can't, so it 哭泣着。 小石头也想:“是金子在哪儿都发光。” 于是他日夜吸收天地之精华,把自己沖涤得闪闪发亮,终究又被脏东西所掩盖。 终究又被脏东西所掩盖。in the end by dirty things 所 covered up ...
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How to interpret the explanation of '巧夺天工‘?

I had the phrase '巧夺天工‘ in my text, so I 百度 it. 百度 explains it thus: 专指人工的精巧胜过天然制成,形容技艺十分高超。, which is clear. However, they say '巧夺天工‘ comes from 古代成语,“微妙在智,触类而长,玄通阴了,巧夺造化。” and that is more ...
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What is the meaning of 么?

If you want to say "This dog," you'd say, "这只狗". If you want to say "This thing," you'd say, "这个东西". If you want to say, "This much," you'd say, "这么多". I understand the reasons for the 只 and the 个, ...
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Difference in MEANING (NOT structure) between 得 vs 地

Please, don't explain when to use 得 or 地. I already know that the grammar difference between them both, which is: V 得 adjective (老师话说得很快。) adverb 地 V (老师快快地说话。) Also there are many posts on this ...
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四航奋进: This ship's name is translated as “Four Aircraft Endeavour”, but is it?

The name of the ship below is given as: 四航奋进 I've seen it previously*** translated as "Four Aircraft Endeavour", which seems peculiar, as it's not an aircraft. The 四 I can understand: it has two ...
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Different Ways to Say “Hometown”

I have encountered both 老家 and 家乡 for referring to one's hometown. What are the differences? That is: When should each one be used? When should one or the other be avoided? When can they both be ...
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Are 改正 and 纠正 interchangeable?

Both 改正 and 纠正 mean "to correct" or "to make right." What is the difference between these words? Do they have different connotations? Are both words acceptable in sentences like the following? ...
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Which one is more commonly used in Chinese speaking communities: 年轻 or 年青?

One of the elective projects on the study of Chinese culture given in my high school is as follows: 探讨中国传统文化如何助当今年青人走出困局。 I thought this was a typo so I asked our teacher to correct it to 年轻. But ...
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What is the difference between 抓 and 捉?

Can the word 抓 and 捉 be used interchangeably? The English translations seems similar.
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Why does 牛车水 mean Chinatown?

I saw a video where people referred to to Chinatown in Singapore as 牛车水. What does this literally mean?
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What is the difference between 人才 and 人材, and which should I use?

Are they truly identical? If so, which is more commonly used and/or considered the default/standard/preferred usage (versus an alternate variant)? Elsewhere I've found conflicting answers (that they ...
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What does '来' means when it is used to describe age?

For example: someone who is '二十来岁' Does it mean: Someone in his twenties (20-29) Someone in his early twenties (20-23 or 25) Someone who is about twenty years old (might be 19, 20, 21 etc.) (sorry ...
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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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