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Please help me change these sentences using 不止

I'm not sure what I changed are correct or not. 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不會只有70歲吧? -> 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不止70歲吧? 愛闖紅燈的,並不是只有騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 -> 愛闖紅燈的,不止是騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 王小姐家不但她能幹,她兩個姐姐也是女強人。 -> 王小姐家不止她能幹,...
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

I am confused by the use of 上下 in the sentence: 这套房子是上下两层的,楼下是客厅,楼上有三个房间。 This house has two floors, the living room is downstairs, and there are three rooms upstairs. I understand 上下 as up and down,...
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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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using 值得 in a phrase

I have seen the usage of 值得 (deserving) in the following way (Cantonese, colloquial) 值得一來 值得買 I wanted to ask why there is a '一' in the first phrase, and not 值得一買? What other alternatives are there to ...
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How would you translate "for just a moment" in Chinese?

I am wondering if there's a more accurate way to say "for just a moment", or "if not for just a moment" in Chinese? I am not certain because the translations I found sounds ...
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The usage of 於 in this title

May I ask what function does the word 於 have in this title: 台北兩日兩夜「帶於媽遊台北」. I get the general idea of this title: Two Days and Two Nights in Taipei // Bringing my mum to travel around Taipei. Please ...
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The use of the particle de

How to answer this question 这是你弟弟?(朋友) Is this correct or we should omit 的?“不是。这是我的朋友。”
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What is the difference between 暍 and 热? [closed]

大家好 What is the difference between 暍 and 热 and when they are used ? 谢谢
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向 vs 对 to express the coverb 'towards'

I made a formulation along the lines of "他向你害怕着" and was told that 向 cant be used with 害怕 in this way. I felt that I was correct in this usage and tried to find instances on the internet ...
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Difference in meaning: 多了 vs 极了

I don't grasp the difference between 极了 and 多了. In what context are both to be used? Is 极了 a sort of superlative compared to 多了 ? All help is appreciated.
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"總會" to mean "definitely", is this usage proper?

In the lyrics to 《寂寞寂寞就好》 there is a line which reads: 我總會把你戒掉 From context, I gather that “總會" means definitely, in other words: 我一定會把你戒掉 I have never seen this usage before, is this proper ...
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淦 as a swear substitute for 幹?

Just came across this comment on Reddit: Basically use more swear words. And the official hanzi. -official/more rude (replaced to be more pg) 幹 (淦) Calming that 淦 is a swear substitute for 幹. I can'...
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Contranyms in the Chinese language

Some words in the English language are called 'contranyms', where depending on the context, the same word can have very opposite meanings. For example: leave - to go away from a certain place, but ...
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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 今天的锻炼打卡了 correct usage of the phrase 打卡?

I've asked a question about the phrase 打卡 before. Today I was moving house and I walked in and out of the house with big boxes and bags for 3 solid hours. When I was finally done I thought to myself ''...
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Does the character 大 make a name seem "Unsophisticated"

Recently, I had someone from Taiwan help me create Chinese name for myself to use when writing/communicating with those in Chinese speaking areas. In our discussion, I had suggested 大恩 as a given/...
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Can 形象 be used as a verb?

In this definition “丑陋:难看。多形象人或事物的相貌、样子。”, 形象 seems to me functioning like a verb, but I can't find such a usage in MDBG, Wenlin, dict.baidu.com. Do I get it wrong or does it indeed function like a ...
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Is the use of 她 here unusual?

Do you find the use of 她 here unusual? 历史文化名城以她曾经有过的辉煌和今天日新月异的繁荣向世人表明, A famous city, in history known for its culture, uses its (her) former glory and today's ever-increasing prosperity to make clear ...
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How can I make sense of 落家里 within 张东把钥匙落家里了?

The following problem is from a mock exam question from HSK5级应试指南; we're meant to arrange the sentence fragments into a grammatical sentence: 钥匙、落、把、了、张东、家里 (image) I didn't get this answer correct (...
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How to use 次 with verbs

How do I use this with verbs with and without nouns, generally I can't find the grammar I tried googling and search on YouTube but I can't find anything in deep detail
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Use of 是 and 很 to express "I am not well"

Dear Chinese Language community users, I have the following question. During my learning I encountered the answer 我不是很好 in response to 你好吗?I was puzzled because I thought the correct negative answers ...
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The necessity of 的 and 是

Recently, I have been made aware of the following sentences: 这太棒了! 这是太棒了! 这真是太棒了! A native Chinese friend told me that the middle one is incorrect, but that seems very odd to me, because 是 is the “be ...
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Why add 左右 ("approximately") to the precisely stated time 25日17时15分左右?

当地时间25日17时15分左右,…… I was reading a newspaper, and stumbled upon the above. I'm puzzled as to why someone would state a time as precisely as 25日17时15分 then add 左右 (= "approximately") ...
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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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Etymology of 奇 and 怪

I am going through the word 奇. Mandarin Temple had mentioned, learning hint as “a person riding a horse”. Is this only learning hint? Or is it also etymologically correct? What is the exact etymology ...
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How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形?

How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形? 得意忘形 déyìwàngxíng grow dizzy with success; be carried away by one's success so pleased as to lose one's sense of measure
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之 grammar and usage

Reading through the text as below. The zhi below is used to modify 路 of 人生? (way/road/path of life)? what exactly 之 in the two places? “每个人都有自己的人生之路,只有把握时间,勤于奋斗,不畏艰辛的人才能走好这条路。要走好人生之路,首先要懂得珍惜时间。” ...
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profanities in written cantonese blurred out

I was watching a youtube video published by a famous populist news channel from Hong Kong. The topic was about food and featured comments from viewers saying that it "was F***ing delicious". ...
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Why 看 is used in 我看得目瞪口呆?

Going through this sentence. 我看得目瞪口呆。I was stunned/dumbfounded. 看 means see, why see in this sentence?
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

我在抖音上看到一部视频说这段话的意思是“Cut me some slack”但是我觉得有点我尚未不知的文化精神,而英语翻译不完全掌握那个感觉。请说明一下这段话是否有什么特殊!谢谢~
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Why is 来 used in "因为‘东西’一般不能用来表示人"?

Why is 来 used in the following sentence? For some context, this is a line from a text used in the second workbook of the New Practical Chinese Reader series (pg. 93). In the text a teacher is ...
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What is the point of 的 in '你也是大学生?你是什么专业的'?

I'm trying to understand 是。。。的 constructions. The page on such constructions at Chinese Grammar Wiki explains one way to use 是。。。的: This is the most simple way to use 是 with 的: you drop the noun and ...
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What to reply to "祝你好运" (I wish you good luck)?

Does "祝你好运!" expect any "predefined" reply? Which one? If not, what should be replied? Would just "谢谢" be appropriate?
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Why is there a 去 in 我们需要确保社交距离去保护您和我们的员工?

My friend took a photo of this Chinese sign in Australia: (click to enlarge) It's a formal, long-winded way of saying "stay 1.5 meters apart". Specifically it says: 亲爱的顾客: 根据澳洲政府规定,...
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多大 or 多少?Which should be used when and where?

多大 or 多少? Could these two terms be used interchangeably, and if not what is the difference between them? When should they be used?
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In the novel 猫城记, why does 老舍 use 的 (instead of 地) for adverbs?

From the first chapter of 猫城记 by 老舍, we see examples where 的 is used where I would expect to use 地 (to indicate an adverb): 我应当先去挖坑,但是我没有去挖,只呆呆的看着四外,从泪中看着四外。 动是我自己不能负责的,现在想来,这或者是最近情理的解释与自恕。 鸟儿下来一只。...
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Is the 了 in 你几岁了? a change-of-state 了?

There's a simple question we ask kids: 你几岁了? How old are you? It's possible to ask it without the 了, i.e., 你几岁?. This makes me think this 了 is a change-of-state 了. It may just be a kind of "...
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How do you ask "How old is it?"

When commenting on a used article for sale, how do you simply ask how old the item is? Is "它多大了?" Correct?
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Is "贪得无厌" the best choice for this sentence?

This is the original text: Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further ...
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Is "毁灭" the best word to use here?

I am trying to translate this sentence: Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies. After consulting Google Translate, this is what I came up with: 探索一个美丽,...
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Did I use 的 correctly for 少的孩子?

'因为父母不用花钱给很多小孩,他们可以花多一点钱给少的孩子。" The sentence does not sound correct. I want to say "spend more money on fewer children," but I don't know how to do it?
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What is so problematic about the homophones 预订 and 预定 when negotiating contracts?

I was talking to one of the staff members at LTL Mandarin, and she mentioned that when negotiating contracts (e.g. when moving house) there is an important difference between the following homophones: ...
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How Did 是 Come to Mean "To Be"?

I have been looking into the etymology of the character 是. The site Chinese Etymology notes that this character was: "originally meaning straight or correct. The sun 旦 rises or 早 in the correct 正 ...
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What is the difference between 吃不消 and 受不了 to mean "I cannot bear"?

I came across these two expressions "吃不消" and "受不了", both translated as "cannot stand / cannot bear". My impression is that 吃不消 refers more to physical circumstances, ...
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What is the function of "一" in the sentence 要上山,只有这一条路?

I came across this sentence: 要上山,只有这一条路 Is there a rule when to throw in a 一? In detail: What exactly is the function of 一 in this sentence ? Could I also simply say 要上山,只有这条路 ? Sometimes I come ...
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Difference between 现在几岁 and 今年几岁

Are these two expressions considered different? Because my birthday is at the end of the year, I always considered 今年几岁 to be age at the end of the year, whereas 现在 is age from the most recent ...
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Is the term 有色人种 ("colored races") normally used by Chinese people?

和奥巴马一起帮民主党候选人拉票的还有佐治亚州前州长候选人艾布拉姆斯。拜登能在此次大选中让佐治亚州“翻蓝”,艾布拉姆斯功不可没。她在2018年的州长选举中惜败,之后一直在佐治亚州多个地方组织动员新选民,特别是鼓励有色人种选民投票。此外,拜登表示他将参与佐治亚州参议员的竞选活动,但没有指明具体时间。 美两党为控制参议院再战佐治亚,2020年12月07日 I was reading the ...
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When should one use a mixture of simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese?

See the photos above. Both simplified and traditional Chinese are used. Is there a general rule regarding when should one use a mixture of both? Or is it always a bad practice to mix these twos?
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Confusions about 虽然 and 即使

I'm a Chinese native, but even though I can't figure out the differences between 虽然 and 即使 clearly. Here're definitions of these two words in 现代汉语词典 (Modern Chinese Dictionary) (Edition VI). 【虽然】...
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What’s the difference between 二五 and 二十五?

Can I just say 二五 when I’m talking or counting instead of 二十五? Will it make a difference between the two of them? Or is it because 二五 is like everyday speech (informal) and 二十五 (formal) for writing? I ...

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