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For questions about a discrete unit of written or spoken text of the smallest size to convey distinct meaning. In English but not Chinese will usually be separated from other words by a space when written or printed. Other tags that may be more appropriate include [word-choice] and [word-requests].

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What does 素 mean in 素数?

Composite number is translated as 合数, which do make sense; Prime number is called 素数, what does 素 means here? Is it possible to trace the source of such translation?
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Can 九十 = “ninety” also mean “nine or ten” (like how 三四 means “three or four”)?

It's normal in Chinese to say something like: 他大概三四岁左右 (source) he is probably around 3 or 4 years old This is called Approximating with sequential numbers on the Chinese Grammar Wiki. However, ...
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Does Chinese have any disparaging terms for left-handed people?

I came across this Tweet recently which lists many different words used in traditional dialects to refer to left-handed people[.] It looks like a majority of the English terms are all quite ...
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Does 省亲 only refer to visiting wife’s parents by the wife?

I wanted to say I went to visit my husband’s parents and remembered 省亲, but after second thought and searched online and realized that it might only refer to visiting my parents instead of visiting my ...
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What's the meaning of 帖子的顶楼?

I know 帖子 means post or thread on internet forum. What is 顶楼? Is it the 1st reply?
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What does the lettering mean? [closed]

Thanks for your help <3 The sweatshirt has underneath the letters a weapon and underneath that "Paris" written so I´m a little concerned and confused on what it could mean... ^^´
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Is this an awkward ordering of words? (Cantonese)

In the following sentence: 你要重新開過一次機。 The official translation is: you will have to restart the machine again. I feel this Has a very awkward word order since the object (機) is at the last after a ...
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Does 差不多 (chàbùduō) imply “slightly less than” when comparing quantities?

差 implies a kind of deficiency, so I expect A比B差不多 to mean A is slightly "worse" than B in some way. For example, I would expect 我比你差不多高 to imply I am slightly shorter than you. I'm not sure ...
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What's the difference between 互相 (hùxiāng) and 相互 (xiānghù), both meaning “mutual”?

I learned my early Chinese from ChinesePod, and they talked about 互相 (hùxiāng), but I just learned that 相互 (xiānghù, reversing the characters) also has a similar meaning, namely "each other" or "...
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Is “卧草” a proper Chinese word?

In football games, I heard people use "卧草" for time-wasting actions near the end of a game. Is "卧草" a proper Chinese word? I did not find it in dictionaries.
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Is “保守” considered derogatory in Chinese?

In English, the word "conservative" seems neutral. However, the Chinese word "保守" seems to carry a negative connotation (Am I right)? What word should I use if I would like to express the english word ...
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What is this word (audio)

https://youtu.be/i_BYzgl3yEo at 0:46 or at 0:59 a person in background screams out something like "lalatije." What is that word and how its written?
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曲子 pronunciation

I'm usually confused with the light tone thing. Here I have the word 曲子 which according to the Internet should be pronounced as qǔzi. However, I have heard some people pronounce it as qū (1st tone) zǐ ...
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What purpose did “道搿” serve?

I was flipping through The Hanyu Da Cidian when I came across an entry for the word: 道搿 dàogé the definition is as follows: 英语dog的音译。谓狗。 and they provide the reference: 《文明小史》第三五回 ﹝毓生﹞...
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Meaning of repeated “什么”

I'm genuinely confused about this. Does repeated "什么" have special meaning? Or are they just wordplay? I've read something like this "那什么什么" but I can't comprehend it at all. I tried looking for ...
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讷 as nò, an exclamation meaning “Here you go”

Encountered this in the Pimsleur transcript: Nánrén: Wô gêi nî yìdiânr Rénmínbì. Nò. Shí jiû kuài Rénmínbì. Xiànzài nî yôu duöshâo qián? 男人:我给你一点儿人民币。讷。 十九 块人民币。现在你有多少钱? Man: I’ll ...
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Pronunciation of 辆

So this morning I was trying to have a conversation in mandarin with my Malaysian Chinese friends. During the conversation, I pronounced 辆 in 4th tone just the way I learned online. Apparently, they ...
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之后 vs 过后 usage & differences

Based on the dictionary, 之后 = after, afterwards while 过后 = afterwards, after. I wanted to find the difference in usage between those two words, so I analysed some sample sentences. I feel like 过后 is ...
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Word in Mandarin that is often used that sounds like “jigga”?

I saw this Very frequently used word in Mandarin that sounds like "nica" or "nigah" question, but I often hear another word in Chinese Mandarin that sounds like "jigga." It seems ...
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Usage of 万 (wàn): ten thousands or just a great number?

I noticed that very often the word 万 (wàn) occurs in poetry (e.g. poetry of the Tang dynasty). My dictionary reports its meaning as "ten thousands", but it looks like it's used in place of a generic "...
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How to say “make money”?

I'm trying to say "the Song Dynasty used this invention to make paper money". So far I've got "宋朝用了这个发明做纸钱“。 The "make money" part is messing with me- I know "做钱“ can mean to print counterfeit money, ...
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蘇 (Su) surname Generation Poem

My name is John Su. I am came from an Indonesian speaking family, not a Chinese a speaking one. I need to know of an English or Malay or at least a mixed language website that tell exactly the ...
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What does 丫 mean? 丫是什么意思?

I'm currently watching a TV show called ”匆匆那年“, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Tub19BTX4&list=PLn8V6LgDVrvJ3SAHEtI4i6hEL_ODIulko&index=7. I've only watched half an hour of the seventh ...
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Metaphorical “opening” translation

I'm writing about certain historical leaders of China, and I'd like to say something along the lines of "he opened China to foreign investment" or "he opened China to foreign influence", etc. I can ...
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躲 vs 藏 usage in terms of objects and timing

I just want to confirm if my research on the usage is correct or not for these two words. So based on my research so far, 躲 means hide (people) while 藏 means hide (objects). The thing I'm not sure ...
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When did the meaning of shi 是 shift from »this« (此) to being a copula (»be«)?

I know this question is somewhat unclear since the word shi 是 never only meant this, but carries (and has done so for a long time) several meanings. The Gu Hanyu da cidian (via Pleco) lists some of ...
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part of speech - “微” 管仲,吾其被髮左衽矣。

What is the part of speech of 微 in the following? A dictionary says it's a verb while others say it's an adverb. Do these claims hold water? 微管仲,吾其被髮左衽矣。
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Difference between 经常 and 时常?

When do I use 经常 and 时常? Can they be used interchangeably? If there is difference between the two words, what situation do I use each of them?
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Difference between 一共 and 总共 [duplicate]

The English meaning for 一共 and 总共 is "altogether, in total". Is there any difference in usage of both words? If there is difference, what situation must I use 一共 and when do I use 总共?
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Difference between 图画 and 绘画

The dictionary defines both 图画 and 绘画 as drawing & painting. Can both words be used interchangeably? Is there any difference in the words in terms of usage?
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Why does 子 work with some nouns but not others as a nominal suffix?

I know that 子 can work as a diminutive suffix (small things have their smallness emphasized and a sense of intimacy may be indicated). Another use is as a nominal suffix, which I understand to be a ...
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Difference between 到处 and 处处

Apparently 到处 and 处处 means everywhere in English. May I know if both words can be used interchangeably or there are some differences in usage?
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Is it grammatically correct to say 西南人?

The phrase 东北人 has been widely used by native speakers but 西南人 is not as common. Is it not equally correct to say 西南人?
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Difference between 搂抱, 喂抱, 拥抱, 抱抱?

What's the difference between : 搂抱 (I guess this one refers to hugging/cuddling in general) 喂抱 (I tried to look for this word and a lot of pictures of mother hugging their babies appeared as a ...
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I looked for it “until” I found it

How do I say “I looked for it until I found it“ or “I looked for (something) until I found it” what is the word that i use for “until”?
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The use of 放在 in a sentence

I was looking at this sentence 我把雪糖放在这杯咖啡里 and was wondering if it would be grammatically sound to say 我放在这杯咖啡雪糖 to mean the same thing.
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Are we allowed to omit 在 in 在…里,在…内 structure?

Based on an online dictionary : 在…里,在…内 : Inside or not further than an area or period of time And here are some examples (provided by the dictionary) of how 在…里 or 在…内 is used : Two ...
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Are we allowed to omit 载 when it's clear what we download?

下载 means "to download". But there's this line in a story that I read : "啊,是不是因为我在下电影?” Here, it just used "下" and "载" seems to be omitted. My questions are : 1) Are 下 and 载 separable? I mean, ...
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What do 了 and 好 indicate in this sentence?

There's a line like this: 高个儿拍了拍脑袋,“你的意思是说,别人用了我们的赠品,觉得好,就自然会找我们买?” Why is there 了 in the 别人用了我们的赠品? Does this sentence indicate something about completion of an action or something in the past? ...
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Is 太君 a derogatory word?

These days it seems popular that Chinese netizens call Japanese 太君. According to some posts on 百度知道, like this or this or this, although they explain the etymology and the meaning of the word, there ...
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How to express “tend to ~” in Chinese?

According to a dictionary, tend to ~ is translated into the following words: 倾向 易於 走向 有~的倾向 But I think all of them are not used as often while reading, and thus is very awkward if I use them in ...
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What is the difference between 书呆子 and 迂夫子?

Both 书呆子 and 迂夫子 mean a pedant, and at least I know 书呆子 is usually used in derogatory tone. I have never seen the word 迂夫子 until just now, and it seems to mean the same thing as 书呆子. So I wonder if ...
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Is “和声细雨” ever an acceptable variant of “和声细语”?

There is this ad, that looks a little something like this: The full text says 致忙碌的你 在工作中总是对客户和声细雨 却忘记了对父母说声 谢 / 谢 / 你 和声细雨 seems totally wrong to me & I'm guessing it should probably be ...
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How you know multiple characters are one concept

I don't know much Chinese but am looking up some basic words to see how it works. For example, the word 天地 translates in English to "world". However, the individual characters translate to this: 天: ...
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Using a verb as a habitual thing vs Chinese

I have noticed perhaps that in English we could say a sentence like ‘you think I sleep?’ And it could be referring to (in a comical way of course) that fact of me not sleeping in general or at all. ...
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Translation of 追番

What would 追番" translate to? It was displayed next to a heart icon on bilibili. From consulting a dictionary I believe hui in this context is pursue and fan is a measure word? I assume it means ...
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How to refer to someone if he is younger than I (but not knowing his name)?

Here is the message I just sent out to my friend: 酒吧的哥哥也期待你再来。 I referred to the bartender as 哥哥, but the bartender saw my WeChat, and said the following (the exact sentence might not be same): ...
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What does 亲你一口 mean?

I thought 亲你一口 means “kiss you” but usually, I think verbs take 一下 to add the meaning of “a bit”. So why is it 亲你一口, not 亲你一下, and what does it differ from just say 亲你? Or is the relationship ...
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The position of 已经 in “have been doing something for some times already”

Since 已经 is an adverb I thought I'd always have to put it before the verb like in: 1) 这对老人已经相爱三十多年了 2) 他已经睡四个小时了 But I found a sentence on my book that say: 他们恋爱已经一年多了 It should translate ...
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帅哥/美女 to get attention of someone who isn't handsome/beautiful

In China (at least in mainland), it is common that people say 帅哥/美女 to someone to get his/her attention. Example cases: If a person wants to use an iPhone charger but someone blocks the outlet and ...