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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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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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Use 我对你想说 or 我想说对你 to say: I want to talk/speak to you?

It seems like when there is the word 对 in the sentence, you need to move noun/verb to the end of the sentence, but I am not sure. So here is my question. I want to say I want to talk/speak to you. Is ...
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The meaning of 打卡

The primary meaning of 打卡 is to swipe a card, clock in, punch a card, etc. But I see it used in another context which I can't quite put my finger on and when I ask Chinese people about it they don't ...
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见马克思 (“to meet Marx”): is it used today?

I am writing a paper about machine translation and I am looking for a phrase in Chinese that is ambiguous and cannot possibly be translated correctly without knowing the correct context. I found this ...
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What is the purpose of 是 in “我应该是感冒了”?

I came across the following translated example: 我应该是感冒了,耳朵也有点儿疼,不过没发烧。 Wǒ yīnɡɡāi shì ɡǎnmào le,ěrduo yě yǒudiǎnr ténɡ,búɡuò méi fāshāo 。 I think I caught a cold, and my ears are a little painful, ...
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How to understand “你怎么了?”

I understand 怎么 generally means "how". However, I came across the following translated example: 你怎么了? 说话声音这么小! Nǐ zěnme le ? Shuōhuà shēnɡyīn zhème xiǎo! What happened to you? You are ...
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What is the meaning of [你说什么是什么]?

A Chinese friend sent me this sentence with a smiley emoji. I feel like it means ''Whatever you say.'' or ''Sure'', sort of agreeing with someone in jest. But I could be completely wrong. What does it ...
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Where to put 从头到尾 in a sentence?

我从头到尾把他的电影看了一遍。 我把他的电影从头到尾看了一遍。 Which of the two sentences above is more idiomatic?
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What is 要 doing in 每天她要慢跑?

In an exercise, I came across this sentence with the translation: 每天早上她都要慢跑一个小时。 Měi tiān zǎoshɑnɡ tā dōu yào màn pǎo yí ɡè xiǎoshí. She goes to jog every morning for an hour. What is the meaning of ...
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Can I use 我的上一辈子 when talking about an earlier part of my life which I almost don't recognize as mine anymore?

Context: I posted a photo on WeChat of an event that happened a long long time ago to me. I was living a completely different life back then. Different country, job, I was much younger etc. It's ...
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Why is 很早 after the verb in 我起床很早?

I came across the following sentence: 今天我起床很早。 Jīntiān wǒ qǐchuáng hěn zǎo. Today I wake up very early. I am confused about 很早 appearing after the verb. I think here 很早 (very early) indicates the ...
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Can an adverb modify another adverb in Chinese?

I was wondering if an adverb in Chinese can be used to modify another adverb. I looked some resources but I could not find it. For example, in Adverb in resources.allsetlearning, they just say "...
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What is 了 doing in 这个表快了+time?

I am confused about the 了 in the sentence: 这个表快了五分钟。 Zhèɡe biǎo kuàile wǔ fēnzhōnɡ. This watch is running five minutes faster. Clearly there is no change of state. Is it for completion? I don't ...
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Passive object position in 是…的 structure?

I came across the following sentences: 电话是谁打来的? Diànhuà shì shuí dǎlái de? Who was calling? 晚饭是妈妈做的。 Wǎnfàn shì māma zuò de. Mom made dinner. Which literally is something like: The phone call was ...
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How do I pronounce 用勿着 in Shanghainese?

There isn't a pronunciation for it on Wiktionary, and I don't know whether it is a fossilised or an analysable phrase, so therefore I don't know whether or not right-prominent tone sandhi applies. My ...
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“That was too Easy.” phrase

Very simple, the phrase is a sort of mocking one that you would say to someone else, implying that it was no challenge to you at all. Example, a friend challenges you to a game of chess and you win ...
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Is it possible to know what 都 means in “Subj + 都 + Predicate + 了”?

In my lessons, I came across two different meanings for the adverb 都 dōu: "Already" with the structure: Subj. + 都 + Predicate + 了, where 了 stands for completion of the predicate (see ...
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Which is correct: 已经毕业了两年大学 or 已经大学毕业了两年?

I know 大学毕业 is a verb phrase that means "graduate from university". I have 2 questions. (1) In expressing the duration of completed action, which is correct: 他已经毕业了两年大学 or 他已经大学毕业了两年? (2) If I ...
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How do you say weekend in Chinese using the 星期 form?

I know that weekend in Chinese is generally translated as 周末. Is there a way to say weekend by adding something to 星期 like 星期末? Or the only phrase for weekend is 周末?
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Why is 人口 in this sentence 多, not 大?

中国是世界上人口最多的国家. Why is 人口 in this sentence 多, not 大? In English way of thinking (or my English way of thinking), a population is something that can be "huge" rather than "much"/ "many". Is Chinese way ...
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Can separable verbs be with 得?

I have two question involving 得. Please help me out. I wonder if separable verbs (verb + object) can be with 得 without repeating the first verb. For example, 她吃饭吃得很多。or 她饭吃得很多。 Because 吃饭 is a ...
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Is the 个 required here?

A: 我老师是个中国人 B: 我老师是中国人 I feel that A says ''My teacher is a Chinese person.'', and that B says ''My teacher is Chinese.'' But I feel that A carries an impolite nuance for some reason. Am I ...

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