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I want to understand why 会 is used inside "你怎么会不知道呢?"

这是最基本的常识,你怎么会不知道呢? My translation: This is the most common sense but why you don't know it? Translating directly the original sentence then the 2nd part of the sentence can be translated into "...
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Is it possible for 已 to make a future-tense sentence?

According to my dictionary, 已 means already or/and afterwards. However, for the translation of 我已无法忘却。 I've already been unable to forget (it).` seems to be a little awkward. It seems this one is ...
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Using 了 for referring to habits

So far, I've learned that 了 is an aspect marker, not a tense marker. That is, 了 indicates "the aspect of finishing a task, regardless of tense". However, during my studies, so far I have ...
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Is there a difference between "我明天要看电视“ and ”我要明天看电视“?

My instinct is that 我要明天看电视 is more likely to be understood as "I'm going to watch TV tomorrow", whereas 我明天要看电视 is more likely to be understood as "I want to watch TV tomorrow." ...
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Confusing 了1 and 了2

One of the functions of 了 is marking the completion of an action. (了1) Another function is marking a change of state. (了2) Personally it is sometimes difficult for me to distinguish between these two ...