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Questions concerning the types of words and phrases which are grouped and ordered meaningfully to express a statement, question, or another type of sentence

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Can you use 或者 to express alternatives between more options than two?

In all the examples I have come across, 或者 is always used to express the conjunction or between two options in statements. My question is if you can still use it between three or more options. That is,...
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What's the meaning of 伐 in this sentence?

The sentence is : 好徒儿你就饶了为师伐。 The general meaning, is as i understand in a very literally translation “good apprentice ,you just forgive the teacher / 伐 ” The original translation (the one that comes ...
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Existence of a Chinese sentence with several meanings according to how the characters are grouped

In Chinese, there is no space between words (groups of characters). I have heard that most of the time there is no confusion possible. But is there any Chinese sentence where there are multiple ways ...
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When is it okay to say 在……的时候 instead of 当……的时候?

I always see 在……时/的时候,but whenever I try to use this phrase, natives tell me to say 当……时/的时候 instead. Examples of 在……时/的时候 from natives: 如果我在讲话的时候用到这些词的话…… 在阅读某些文章的时候…… 我觉得在我给你发了修改的文章时说会更好一点。 在上班时…… ...
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Are these sentences interchangeable?

一。这个布丁很美味真的。 二。这个布丁真的很美味。 Are they both correct and intechangeable?
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Which question is grammatical? 只有丽丽买了什么?or 什么只有丽丽买了?

I am trying to understand questions that require you to move the question word to the front of the sentence. So I learnt that 只有丽丽买了什么书?is wrong, I have to say 什么书只有丽丽买了? What I would like to ask is ...
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Word order in a question such as "who was the person who bought the cup"?

I passed HSK 1 as a self-learner (using the official coursebook) but there were a few grammar points I could not find in the book (and did not know). I do not know the official name of this grammar so ...
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Is this sentence correct? 我可以试试吗

I am doubting about wich of the following sentences is the right one, or if all are correct. Thaks in advance for your help and explanations. a) 我可以试试吗? b) 我可以试一试吗? c) 我可不可以试试? d) 我可不可以试一试?
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Could I get a breakdown of this sentence: 怎么会是在一所私校呢

Could I get a breakdown of this sentence: 怎么会是在一所私校呢 The translation says, "How is it in a private school?" But I'm not 100% sure it's correct. Also, I realize 怎么会 is oftentimes collocated ...
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"不管我做什么,她都说我能做得更好。" What is the function of "都" in this sentence?

"不管我做什么,她都说我能做得更好。" What is the function of "都" in this sentence? Thanks so much!!!
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汉语里的这种看似而并非纯属口语、平时不跟他字搭配成词的字有特别的名字吗?

据我所观察,以下字均符合这两个条件:一、看似而并非纯属口语(词典作根据),二、平时不跟他字搭配成词。进一步说,在这些字中,很多平时会被其他频率较高的字或词所代替。 且看: 字:蒙(哄骗) 例句:你别蒙我。 字:蒙(胡乱猜测;碰运气) 例句:这球踢进门,全是蒙上的。 字:蒙(糊涂;不清楚) 例句:一上台就蒙了,不知道该说什么好。 字:蒙(昏迷) 例句:被人打蒙了 字:磨(消耗(时间); 拖延) 例句:...
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Is 待在家就是吃饭睡觉 grammatically correct?

待在家就是吃饭睡觉 待在家 是 吃饭 Staying at home is eating and sleeping sounds not good.
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是 assessing an overall situation

This is the title of a paragraph in the book "Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar", by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, whose content I find really hard to understand. The explanation: 是 shì ...
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Is this a correct sentence "你今天就不说多的话了"?

Usually you do talk much with me. But today I feel like there is something happened and I feel like that you don't talk much today. It is correct to say to you: "你今天就不说多的话了"? The meaning to ...
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快别说了 vs 别说了: tone changed?

I understand what is the meaning of 别说了. What is 快 doing? According to Google Translate: 快别说了 as “Stop talking”. 别说了 as “do not talk”. Does the 快 change the tone of 别说了? If so, how do you ...
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What's the purpose of 上 in "王教授给那儿的学生上英国文学课, 他课上得非常好"?

What's the purpose of 上 in the following sentence? 王教授给那儿的学生上英国文学课, 他课上得非常好, 学生都很喜欢她的课 Although I understand 上 can mean "to attend (class)", I don't see how that fits in the above example. ...
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Position of direct object in a sentence with an adverb of degree

I came across the following sentence: 怪不得法文他说得那么好。 Which translates as "No wonder that he speaks French so well". So far so good. However, this word order is intriguing to me. "He ...
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Still about the filler word 很, after 得

I just learned that an adverb or quality describing how a verb (action) is performed must be preceded by the filler word 得, which introduces an "expression of degree" ("well", &...
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很 as a filler word?

Beginner's question here. If I understood correctly, all descriptive words in Mandarin can work both as an adjective and a "descriptive verb", which would be equivalent to the construction &...
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What is the use of 前面 in 那得看你坐在电脑前面做什么?

That depends on what you're using the computers for. 那得看你坐在电脑前面做什么 Why do we use 前面 in this sentence. I thought 前面 was infront, why is there a location in a sentence involving use of something? Could ...
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why 没出息 becomes useless?

I am going through the word: 没出息. How not ending/ ceasing out become useless? 没 méi not have 出 chū out 息 xi cease Any background or details how it become useless? was it referring to not stopping war/...
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Meaning of 江山错落. 人间星火

Those two phrases are from this song on YouTube “礼仪之邦”. I have high confidence that I understand the 人间星火. But I am not quite sure about the 江山错落. Here is Google’s version: The country is scattered. ...
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好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍: who is 的人?

Google translated this 好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍 as “I really envy people who take pictures. There are such beautiful people who can take pictures.” Context: This came from someone looked at some pictures ...
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If a response to a question was "我很喜欢看法国电影," would the question be "你很喜欢不很喜欢看法国电影?" or "你喜欢不喜欢看法国电影?"

On a test I had for my Mandarin 1 class, for a certain part of it, the instructions were, " Look at the answers below and write an appropriate question using the V 不 bù / bú V pattern." For ...
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How do I ecourage my spouse, in Mandarin, to fly free in her job, and assure here we are supporting her and welcoming her home

My spouse just landed their dream job! They start next week and I am going to celebrate their first day. Their dream is to be able to fly free, and high and to always be welcomed home in a warm and ...
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Is this question 你明天想做什么 correct?

I want to ask: What do you want to do tomorrow? Is the following question correct? 你明天想做什么 I doubt where to put 明天 in the sentence and the use of 做 because several other characters can also mean do.
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A question about the structure in this sentence

地球圍住太陽轉。 I understand this to be "The Earth revolves around the Sun." My question is: it feels to me the structure/order of the words is a bit strange. I could have said: 地球轉太陽圍住. Can ...
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Is a Preposition Needed in the Sentence: 我只认识一个人有新冠状病毒

If 我只认识一个人 is a complete sentence, and I want to express the information that this is the one person that I know who has COVID, would I need a preposition between 人 and 有? If a preposition is needed ...
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Difference between 他带来了很多衣服 and 他带很多衣服来

大家好! I don't really understand the difference between two sentences: 1.他带来了很多衣服; 2. 他带很多衣服来; The 1st one was found on the Internet, but the 2nd one I have "created" by myself. Is the 2nd one ...
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What does "我牛起来" mean?

I know what each of the characters mean, but I'm confuse on how to put it into a sentence. 我 - I 牛 - ox 起来 - up
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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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你认为做什么事的时候时间过得最快: Could some explain the meaning of this sentence

I am a little confused honestly about this whole thing. What do you think is the fastest time, but I doubt this is correct. Really any kind of break down of sentence structure or meaning would be very ...
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Variations of 得 in 好玩得很

I heard this phrase from a TV drama. 好玩得很。 Are these also correct? 好玩得多。 好玩得很多。 喜欢得很。 喜欢得多。
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开一个生日会 explanation as to why 开 is used here?

My book says that "to host a party" is written as... 开一个生日会 Example: 她想在家里开一个生日会。 The reason I am confused is because everywhere I look, 开 means to open. However, the book translates it as &...
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Can someone break down the sentence structure for the following

I have another question about 玩儿 since you guys have been so helpful! 你在北京玩儿得高兴吗? - Did you have a good time in 北京 Can someone explain the sentence structure here? I'm hoping it can answer these ...
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一只 or 一支 meaning only or a unit

一只给你的视频。 That line was from an author on YouTube. One commenter posted that for video it is not 一只 but 一支. My thinking was that the author meant: A (or one) video for you only. Question: Can that ...
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Use 的 to make a connection

你要靠你自己的能力来学习中文。 你要靠你自己的能力来努力的学习中文。 The first one seemed to be correct. But not sure about the second one if the 努力 was added correctly. Any comments?
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How do I understand 的 in 因为广州的雨季下的那个雨真的是特别的大?

So I am trying to understand the 的 in this sentence which came from a native speaker. 因为广州的雨季下的那个雨真的是特别的大。 Can any of the 的 (by itself) be eliminated without modifying the meaning of this sentence? ...
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或?是: What could the mysterious word be

然后让更多的德国人或者是欧洲人认识这个琵琶。 So I listened to a speech from a high performance 琵琶 player in Germany. I think I pinned down this sentence completely except this 或者是. In these three words, I am pretty sure ...
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Translation for sentence with important a grammar point: 没有。。。那么

This is the English sentence. I was wondering if the translation is correct. I have to use 没有。。。那么 in my sentence. Chinese is not as difficult as people think。 Use:没有。。。那么 中文没有人们想那么难 Thank you very ...
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In 这个跟那个不(是)一样 and 我们不(是)一样, is 是 totally redundant?

这个跟那个不一样。 From a native online teacher. 这个跟那个不是一样。 If I formed it myself. 我们不是一样。 If I formed it myself. 我们不一样。 If I followed the similarity of 1 above. I know the first one got to be correct....
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Setences with Grammar Points/ Phrases: 再说,越来越,要不然,被了吧, 没有那么,楼

I have a bunch of English sentences I need to translate. For some the sentences, I need to use specific phrases or words. I was wondering if someone could check if they are correct or not. If they are ...
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Chinese sentence when only object is mentioned

I am wondering is there any rules for sentence structure when only object is involved. For instance: 他的成绩一直是我们班最好的 (what rule is for this sentence) why in this case the object is not place in the end ...
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How to say I studied for 3 months (not continuous)

I want to say that I studied mandarin for 3 months last summer (and have not studied since then) but am confused about about sentence order and 了 placement Is 下个暑假我学了三个月汉语 correct? If I wanted to add ...
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Must verb always be before 下去?

I want to say: 我吃下去 = I continue eating. Must verb always be before 下去? or is 我下去吃 also correct? The same for other verbs like 等. 我等下去 = I continue wating. or is 我下去等 also correct?
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How do I say “he loves his mother more than his wife”?

So I watched a movie. There was a situation where the main character had to make a decision between his mother and his wife. And he chose his mother. So if I want to express that “He loves his ...
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How can complement of degree apply at: 他喝酒喝得睡着了。 弟弟高兴得跳了起来。

When introduced 得 to my student, I followed the grammar book 100%: It's "complement of degree". But when we bumped into these two sentences, should I still insist "complement of degree&...
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Key Grammatical Phrases including 对,再说,还,要不然,还。。。呢,没有。。。那么, 一。。。就 in Sentence Usage

I have a list of sentences with important grammar phrases. I was wondering if someone could check if they were grammatically correct or not. Thank you very much! 他对数学很感兴趣。 这么早,别去了,再说外面也很冷。 教室里越来越吵,...

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