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Can 您 to be used in plural form?

Can 您 be used as a plural form? For example, if a child tries to address to both parents at the same time: 请您放心.
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Honorifics used by students the same age

Can anyone tell me honorifics that would be used by high school aged students who are the same age? More specifically, is there any honorific that would be used by a student being extremely polite to ...
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Differences with 呢度,喺度,and 喺呢度

Can anyone explain any differences in usage between the three ways of saying 'here' in Cantonese? I anticipate that in many cases, these will be exchangeable. I'm looking for examples of sentences ...
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森严 Why does this mean heavy guarding?

So why does "森严" mean "strictly protected"? like, ok, "森" Means Jungle and "严" means strict, so shouldn't it means "strict forest" not "...
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What is 照拂 in 我是你照拂的梦?

So in this line 我是你照拂的梦, both Google and Apple have translated as I am your dream. What about 照拂? What does 照拂 describe 梦 or 你?
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Nuance between the two words for orange , cheng se and ju se

I am aware that chengzi is an orange and juzi is a tangerine. From these we get two words for orange colour, chengse and juse. I lived in Beijing for a few years and reflecting back I don't recall ...
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女 in 嫩 : combining characters

So I just learned a new vocabulary called 嫩. An example from a YouTube channel was given as 这块儿牛肉非常嫩 to mean “This piece of beef is very tender”. As I understand many Chinese characters can come ...
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How to memorise a Chinese -character/-word that have different meanings?

There are Chinese characters & words that have many and different meanings, my question is how remember their meanings ? Are there any tips ? Simple examples: 得 (de, děi, dé): particle, must, ...
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What do the words 大 and 小 mean in a calendar?

In the Chinese textbook I study, in the section teaching calendar and dates, there are tables showing different dates. The following words are written vertically: 九月小, 十月大, 十二月大, I couldn't figure it ...
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What does 到 mean in the sentence "我找不到了"?

The sentence below is translated as "I can't find it." 我 找 不 到 了 。 But google translates 到 as arrive, and I can't figure out its role in the sentence above.
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Distinguishing 忙 and 盲 from spoken Chinese

All words in Chinese are one syllable words or compound words of one syllables. This leads to an incredible amount of homonyms in Chinese. Take ''yi'' for example. There seem to be hundreds of ...
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写日记 or 写日记本 ? Which is more colloquial?

Which of the versions listed above is better to use. My understanding is that they are essentially the same but I'd like to hear from a native speaker how they feel about these two versions. Is there ...
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I've learned 泡女, but does 泡男 exist?

I've never heard the 泡男 version. Is it OK to use to express girls hooking up with guys? When researching this I came across 泡妞, some people said it is better (more colloquial) that 泡女. Any info on ...
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What really is 红尘?

What exactly are 红尘 referring to? This two words showed up quite often in period dramas. An explanation and examples would be great.
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开始和起来有什么不同?to start + verb

When used with another verb 开始 and 起来 both convey the meaning: to start doing something. Are they synonymous in that specific usage?
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What is the difference between 互相 and 彼此

I was told they were interchangeable except in few cases. What are they?
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How to say "sexist" in Chinese?

Today in class we were discussing a dialogue and one student wanted to say that pne phrase is "sexist". Our teacher wasn't able to provide an answer for that, also because she doesn't speak ...
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How can I say "work in progess"?

I'm making a webpage and I want to put "work in progress" in mandarin. Is there any idiomatic way to express this? I saw this question, but I was in doubt if I could use this same expression ...
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Difference between 事儿 vs 东西

What is the difference in meaning between 事儿 and 东西. As far as I understand both mean "thing". All help is appreciated.
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I'm trying to say sad but in a metaphorical sense. Is there a 'simple' word for (light) sad in chinese?

I want to express how (lightly) sad something is e.g. it's sad that children do not go out to play anymore. it's sad she couldn't make it to my birthday party. but all the translations for sad are ...
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Does 来 mean "bring"?

In the sentence "来一瓶啤酒", what does the word "来" mean? I guess, it means "to bring". But I couldn't find this meaning for the word "来" in the MDBG dictionary.
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Is this a proper way of using 虽然?

因为锻炼也是我的兴趣,我可以用你的录像学汉语。虽然我还在汉语水平考试级3 Or does 虽然 always need a 但是/可是?And is the structure of the sentence alright, or does it sound too novice?
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Is there an ordering to words like 喜欢,喜爱,喜好?

In English, the phrase "I love chocolate" implies greater affinity for chocolate than "I like chocolate". The phrase "I adore chocolate" implies an even greater affinity. ...
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How to say " I can go to all the other classes/courses" in Mandarin

I am trying to say "I can go to all the other classes/courses" with respect to some classes/courses I cannot attend. Especially the "all other classes" is troubling me: 我要能去都(?)课. ...
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What is the difference between 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 创建?

Hello good people of Chinese Stack Exchange! Hope you're doing well. It seems like the words 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 建造 are similar in that they mean "make" or "create," but from what I've ...
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What is the counterpart of self-respect in Chinese?

I think "self-confidence" and "self-esteem" are universal concepts. For example "self-confidence" is 自信 and they basically have the same meaning, the same goes to "...
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Does 靆 mean anything on its own (not followed by 靉)?

Same question with 靉. I know together they make a literary translation of 'dark' in the context of clouds.
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What does 黄 (Huáng) in 黄色 ("yellow") mean, and can it be used as a name?

According to Google Translate, "yellow" translates to "黄色" (Huáng sè). What is the meaning of "Huáng" alone? Does it make sense used as a pet name? Or is it silly? What ...
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Ambiguity with 请问 and 大家

请问 means "please", but 请 alone means "please" like in 请开门, and 问 means "to ask" So if you want to say "please ask", does it become "请问"? Also, 大家 ...
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Is there a idiom or term to describe someone who don't see you as the same level as them?

The best I can think of are the combination of: 讽刺意味 (to have the "smell" of irony on you) and 很偏激 (very extreme or biased)。 举个例子/For example: Everything you say or do is viewed as ignorant(...
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Names of years in secondary school

Some countries have both middle school and high school while some countries combine these into one school called secondary school. In secondary school in Ireland there are 6 years. We would never use ...
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Which one is correct? 桂林的冬天 or 冬天的桂林

I came across to this sentence somewhere, 我不喜欢冬天的桂林 Meaning "I don't like Guilin's winters" I wonder if it would be better to say 桂林的冬天 instead of 冬天的桂林?
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Common use of character 大 as adverb

Wenlin dictionary doesn't consider 大 as an adverb, whereas Online dictionary Chine Nouvelle considers it also as an adverb. So is 大 commonly used in modern Chinese as an adverb? Or would it not be ...
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about stative verbs, is there any complete list of these "adjectives"?

I am actually forwarding a kind of lexical on most frequent words used in Chinese (打有 com). There are many of them which are used as stative verbs with common grammatical rules. So i began to make a ...
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How would you express ''swerving all over the road'' as in a drunk driver?

他喝醉的时候一直 ... I know a bendy road is 弯弯曲曲的一条路 but I don't think 弯弯曲曲的开车 can be used. Then I though about 往左拐 and 往右拐 , maybe I could say 拐来拐去的开车 ?
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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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怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里?how should "÷" be read aloud in this equation?

怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里? 《16÷8=2》 须要读"chú"吗?或者,chúyǐ? "shíliù chú bā děngyú èr". 在现代汉语规范词典有这个定义: 除法 chúfǎ 名 求一个数的若干分之一的运算方法。如16÷8=2。 How should "÷" be read aloud in the ...
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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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“他演讲得很精彩”, is this sentence grammatically correct?

I want to ask, “他演讲得很精彩”, is this sentence correct or not? Is “演讲” a verb or a noun?
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What is the meaning and origin of the word/phrase 奥利给?

I think it means something along the lines of 给力, and I get the impression it is a relatively new word used on the web. Though I can't really understand the explanations online. Can anyone shed some ...
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How to parse 轉所依識?

From the Lankavatara Sutra: sūkṣmamabhivijñānaparāvṛttikuśalānāṃ Bodhiruci: 能轉一切微細識 Śikṣānanda: 能以妙慧轉所依識 Suzuki: to cause a revulsion in the depth of the mind fittingly by means of an exquisite ...
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Expressing knowledge or skill: 认识 vs 会 vs 知道

I came across several verbs meaning knowledge or skill about something. I guess that 会 (simplified) / 會 (traditional) is used specifically to imply a skill, as in "他会说中文" - He can speak ...
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了解, 理解, 讲解 usage in the same sentence

This is from a native speaker: 完整讲解请至官网收看. Would 了解 and 理解 be suitable to be used in place of 讲解? for example: 完整了解请至官网收看 完整理解请至官网收看
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整日 Vs 整天 Is there any difference?

Is there any difference between 整日 and 整天 整日 : whole day refers to only day ? 整天 : whole day refers to day & night? Dictionary Meaning: 整日 zhěngrì all day along, whole day 整天 zhěngtiān whole day
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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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Retention of 其 as a modal particle in modern Chinese

There is a recent Chinese Stack Exchange question on the significance of 其 in 尤其, given the meaning of the word is largely contributed by 尤. I am quite confident that some of the answers in the thread ...
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''Standing Order'' in Chinese?

What is the best way to say a standing order ? Just to be clear I am referring to a bank standing order where I set it up such that my rent is paid by bank transfer on a monthly basis.
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How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?"

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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