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A phrase is a group of words that form a single unit in the syntax of a sentence.

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meaning of the phrase 听你的 and purpose of 的

What does it mean to say 听你的 when someone tells you to do something. And what is the purpose of 的 in this structure?
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What does 折腾 mean in this context?

I've been trying to translate two sentences for days but cannot find a suitable English word to translate 折腾. Here's the context: 以前有段时间,他很喜欢养花,开始折腾各种盆栽。 Because of this, I also cannot translate the ...
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Usage: ”没关系“ vs ”没问题”

What are the fundamental differences between ”没关系” and ”没问题“ in usage and meaning? I know they both could be translated as a colloquial “no problem”, but how do they differ in usage?
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What is the most polite way to say "I beg your pardon"?

Say you are talking to an emperor (or anyone with high social status), what is the most polite way to say "I beg your pardon" in Chinese?
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Chinese phrase meaning 钓到凯子了

I am still reading a Chinese book and found something I cannot translate. Possible you can help me. Thanks in advance. The phrase: "钓到凯子了". P.S. thanks all helped me last time.
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How to say “All right” in Chinese using 好

The word 好! in Chinese is used to say "All right" and "OK". But I often see some other suffixes with it. So far, I have noticed the following versions: a) 好! b) 好啊! c) 好的! d) 好吧! e)...
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When do people say 祝你工作快乐?

What does 祝你工作快乐 mean in Chinese and when do people use this phrase? I googled it, but I couldn't find out when it is used.
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How do I interpret 者 in 如是者有年,一日偶然…?

我自读书识字以来,就想为英雄豪杰,求之四书五经,茫无所得,求之诸子百家,与夫廿四史,仍无所得,以为古之为英雄豪杰者,必有不传之秘,不过吾人生性愚鲁,寻他不出罢了。穷索冥搜,忘寝废食,如是者有年,一日偶然想起三国时几个人物,不觉恍然大悟曰:得之矣,得之矣,古之为英雄豪杰者,不过面厚心黑而已。 李宗学,厚黑学全集,p.21. (photo) I don't understand 如是者有年 ...
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Is it possible to topicalize quantifiers in Chinese?

So I know you can topicalize proper names, you could say something like 小明,我喜欢他。or something like 书,我买了。 I want to ask if you can do the same for quantifiers - 很少人,很多人,每个人,没有人 for example.
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What does 丑八怪 mean?

I have a gaming group in which this term "丑八怪" is being used a lot along with the 眼皮底下, anyway all the letters look similar.
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What literary device would we associate with the aforementioned Chinese old fashioned way of greeting? ( (Chī le ma) ? )

Credit Reference: http://blog.tutorming.com/mandarin-chinese-learning-tips/why-do-chinese-people-ask-have-you-eaten "吃了吗 (Chī le ma)?" (also "吃饭了吗 (chī fàn le ma)" Many ...
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Why don't Chinese people use 又紅又專 any more?

又紅又專 means being both socialist-minded and professionally competent and this phrase used to be popular in China. Since the People's Republic of China is still a socialist country, why don't people use ...
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该讲不该讲 vs. 当讲不当讲

有句话不知该讲不该讲。 In 古代 dramas they used it quite a bit. But I have also heard the 当讲不当讲 version. It has always been in a situation where a lower ranking personnel was addressing a higher. Are there any ...
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Does this phrase 斩草除根 exist in dramas only?

So, I have been watching quite a bit of 古代 dramas。 I will say most if not all of them have the situation where this phrase comes up. Does this phrase exist in the dramas only or did this actually ...
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How would I say "change the laundry"?

I use the phrase "change the laundry" to mean "move the laundry from the washing machine to the dryer." I would like to know how to say this in Chinese. I checked Pleco, and found ...
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How to ask the other to speak shorter?

I talk with a voice assistant 小爱同学. When I ask it: 今天是几号? It answers: 今天是9月30号,周四,衣历辛丑年八月二十四。 It is difficult for me to understand this phrase. I want a shorter answer: 今天是9月30号 or 30号 or 三十. 小爱同学 is ...
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Wo de ming zi SHI vs Wo de ming zi JIAO

I always thought that "wo de ming zi shi ..." is the only correct form but today I found (and also a quite a few hits on Google" "wo de ming zi jiao ...". Is the latter ...
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What are the characters for "qiu qiu", which means: "check this out"

Regulars of this community might recognize me as the guy who asks for random phrases that I remember from my childhood, and this is another one that I can't find on Google Translate The phrase is &...
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Slogan 社会……方何 on a Maoist poster

What is the slogan, mostly obscured by the typist, on the poster that hangs behind him, on this poster from 1956? Since the artist chose to obscure the poster, it must have been easily recognizable at ...
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What's the most idiomatic translation of ". . . than you think"?

For example, how would one translate "this is harder than you think"? My initial thought would be something like 这个比你想更难, but I don't know whether that sounds idiomatic in Chinese
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The meaning of 感到鸭力

I am trying to understand, what is the true meaning of 感到鸭力 translated to English as to feel the duck power As I noticed, it is often used in memes along with images expressing that feeling. But only ...
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What does 敢于亮剑 mean?

I read this in a notice put on a wall that calls on all Party members in the neighborhood to 监督表率敢于亮剑 in the endeavor to make the city cleaner and tidier (looks like an inspection team from the higher ...
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What does 大型纪录片 mean?

I only know about 大型设备 or 大型机械, but I saw a phrase 八集大型纪录片《强军》, but don't understand what 大型 means in this context. If it means the long hour, it has only 8 episodes, and if it means the big size of ...
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Precise meaning of 马到成功

So I just happened to watch a youtube video that has displayed in the background an artwork with horses and the phrase 马到成功. Google Translate offered these: It's a success. Gain an immediate victory....
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What does 一地鸡毛 mean?

I often meet the phrase in my reading of news reports, the latest one being 中超重新开赛在即,但仍然一地鸡毛. What does the writer imply?
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What does 有情有义 mean?

情 could be passion, emotion, feeling, so 有情 is not hard to understand, but what about 有义?Meaning, intention, interest? 我对你有情有义= I have a good feeling and an interest in you? In Hong Kong singer Alan ...
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What does 汉学家 really mean?

According to its face value, 汉学家 should mean someone who has made great accomplishments in the research of subjects in relation to the Han people, like John King Fairbank (费正清)or even the former US ...
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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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Immanuel Kant quote

Immanuel Kant once said something along the lines of ''You can judge a man's character by the way he treats animals''. I can find many different versions/paraphrases of this quote in English online ...
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How do the words 我主張制止不了就放任 piece together?

The phrase is: "我主張制止不了就放任". Initially I tried to break the sentence and thought the translation would be something like: (1) "In my viewpoint,  if you can't stop it, just let it go&...
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difference between 人缘儿 and 谈得来

What is the difference between these two words, or are they the same? 人缘儿 and 谈得来 Am I supposed to use them at different times?
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How to ask in Chinese Mandarin: What do you want me to say?

When someone tells me to say something and I don't know what to say, I want to ask that person "What do you want me to say?" How can I ask that question in Chinese Mandarin? Below is what I ...
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Why 他妈的 means (swear word)

Why 他妈的 means fuck I just started learning Chinese and kinda understood why many combinations of character means that in English but here ˋˋ<他><妈><的>ˋ ˋ<He><mother><...
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Is there a common idiom equivalent to "tomato tomahto" in mandarin?

I'm being very nitpicky with a coworker (20s, first language is mandarin) and I'm trying to tease myself playfully by saying something along the lines of "tomato tomahto" in mandarin. I'm ...
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What four directions which are not described by 四处 are described by 八方?

I have a hunch about the difference between 八方 and 四处. 四处 includes north, south, west and east. 八方 includes these four + up, down, forward, backward. Three questions: Is my assumption correct? Do ...
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Is 令人 necessary in 最令人满意. vs 最满意

This came from a native speaker : 在广州生活最令人满意的是这一点. But if I formed the sentence myself, it probably would not include 令人 as in 在广州生活最满意的是这一点. Google translated both are the same. So, would my ...
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How to translate "engage in healthy behavior"?

The full sentence is .... there are 40 building blocks every child needs to grow and mature. And the more of these Assets a child has in her life, the more likely she is to engage in healthy ...
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“Are you up to the challenge? “ phrase

Let’s say I want to ask someone if he is up to the task (swimming in freezing temperature, climb the mountain, etc.) Google Translate gives this 你准备好挑战了吗? Is this correct?
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How should I rewrite 我昨天卖了我的电脑给他 using 把 and 了?

The goal is to re-write the sentences using 把. Example 1 那个字,他写错了。 Rewrite: 他把那个字写错了。 Example 2 你的学生证,你没有给我。 Rewrite: 你没有把你的学生证给我。 Question 我昨天卖了我的电脑给他。 Rewrite: ? Should it be 我把我昨天卖了我的电脑给他? It ...
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Which of the following is better to use? Or it depends on the context of the conversation? 美在旁觀者的眼睛 情人眼里出西施 So just to clarify, I am looking for something generic as close to as possible to the ...
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Changing order of a phrase

So I watched a movie. I thought would be fun to see if I could re-order the phrase. Phrase 1 original: 不能说的就不要说. To: 就不要说不能说的. Phrase 2 original: 阻止他说不该说的话. To: 不该说的话阻止他说. Are the two re-order ...
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What does the phrase "要衝一波囉" mean?

(Alternatively: 當然要衝一波囉) It shows up a lot on the web but I can't find the meaning of it anywhere. Thanks!
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How can I say the phrase “go places” in Chinese?

I need a translation for the phrase as a whole not two words separately. I need it in common Chinese if that’s a thing, but I mean the most general simple Chinese there is.
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What is the meaning of 的 in "有一天你会明白的"?

From Why is 的 used in 你是哪一天出生的 and 我们什么时候开始的 and 前天你什么时候来的这里?, I understand 的 at the end of a sentence describes an event that happened in the past. However, I am not sure whether I understand the ...
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How to translate properly 还是 and 算了 in this sentence?

唉,以前挖门打洞,清苦死了,还是城市好,干脆留在这儿享福算了. This is a sentence said by a village mouse which came to the city and realised how wonderful the life in the city is. 还是城市好 - how to translate 还是 here? I believe the ...
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Why is 都 placed after a verb in "什么时候还都可以"?

I found this example: 你拿着用吧,什么时候还都可以。 Nǐ ná zheyòng ba, shénme shíhòu huán dōu kěyǐ. You can have it as long as you want. I am confused about the grammar structure behind 什么时候还都可以 (literally: any ...
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Can I say 又可爱又恐怖?

可爱 is positive whilst 恐怖 is negative. For 又A又B , do A and B have to be both positive or both negative? Or can one be positive and the other negative? I want to say ''these pictures are kinda cute and ...
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Translating the phrase "I can't confirm nor deny etc."

If someone were to ask something about you, what would be the most common way of saying "I can't confirm nor deny that". I tried looking it up and my conclusion is "不能确认也不能否认". I ...
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Do 和 and 跟 have different grammatical functions?

Thinking about the Difference between 与,和 and 跟?, I was wondering if it can be argued that 和 (hé) and 跟 (gēn) have different grammatical functions. I understand 和 corresponds in English to the ...
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What is the subject of 其他的都很满意?

I found the following translated example: 除了没有电梯,其他的都很满意。 Chúle méiyǒu diàntī, qítā de dōu hěn mǎnyì. I am satisfied with everything except for there is no elevator. I have a question about the ...
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