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Questions tagged [word-choice]

Questions about what word fits better in a certain context or situation.

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Ways of negating statements in Chinese

I'm looking at negation in Chinese. I know: 不:我不去。I don't want to go. 不多:他话不多。He doesn't talk much. 没:他没去美国。He didn't go to America. 未:未必:not necessarily 否:不管我们喜欢与否,Whether we like it or not, 无:...
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How to say “often” in an imperative sentence? (eg. “come back often baby”)

Can I just say 常常/经常....吧? Or should I use 多? 常常回来吧 / 经常回来吧 / 多回来宝贝 Or is there a better way of phrasing this? I tried searching the internet but couldn't find anything that resolves my query. ...
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Using phrase 打不死

I recently encountered 打不死 as the title of a column in a US Chinese language newspaper. Asking my Chinese language teacher, she gave the literal translation of "beaten but not dead", meaning something ...
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Difference between 厉害 and 利害

I see they have the same pronunciation but does they bear any differences. It seems like 利害 can be pronunced lìhài or lìhai while 厉害 can only be pronounced lìhai
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When to use 相比 and 比?

I'm not sure to get the difference. If the two following sentences are correct, when should I use one over the other? 相比: 和打羽毛球相比我更喜欢打网球。 比: 我羽毛球比网球更喜欢打。
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Why is “纸“ used in ”肚纸饿”? 为什么说肚纸饿,不肚子饿?

I was online recently and saw an image saying "肚纸饿“ (although I cannot presently locate it). I know "肚子饿” means "I'm hungry", but the character 纸 used in the image means paper. Was it used instead of ...
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Difference between 忘 and 忘记

So is there any differences between 忘 and 忘记?They both mean to forget but do they have any other differences in terms of usage, location within a sentence, etc
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What is the best way to ask for a draw in chess?

I play in chess tournaments in China, and in the past, I've been unable to ask my opponent for a draw because I didn't know how to say it in Chinese off the top of my head (and we can't use electronic ...
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How do I translate the words “player” and “team” into Mandarin?

I have noticed there is a large number of words that translate as “player” and “team”. I've been trying to decipher those and so far it seems that: 玩家 wánjiā, 玩者 wánzhě – those two mean a player ...
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一会 vs 一下 vs 一时 vs 一时半会 vs 片刻

I wanted to say "I'm going to take a nap for a while" and looked for the phrase "(for) a while" in Chinese and came across these 5 : 一会,一下,一时,一时半会,片刻。 Could you please tell me the difference between ...
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Differentiating 着 (zhe/zháo) and 着/到

The character 着 has many readings, but I'm interested on 2 of them that have grammar usage: zhe and zháo. As zhe, 着 is used to express a continuous state, as in 门开着 (the door is opened) and 他跑着步听音乐 (...
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What's the difference between 在 and 于 as a preposition?

When I was writing a simple paragraph about 自我介绍, I wanted to say that "I was born in XXX." I wasn't sure about how to say it and then looked for some examples of how to say it in Chinese and came ...
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What's the difference between 恭喜發財 and 恭禧發財?

Today I visited a house that had Chinese New Year banners all over. On the stairs, one banner reads 「恭禧發財」, and above a door, another banner reads 「恭喜發財」. Both of these are pronounced exactly the same ...
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What's the difference between 我住在 and 還活著?

I think both 我住在 and 還活著 have quite the same meaning (I'm alive), can I use evenly one of them as I like or are there some rules that force me to distinguish their use according to different contexts?
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Difference between words that tell time

What are the difference between 时间 and 时候. They both means time as far as I know Also, what are the difference between 点 and 小时 which both means hour And can you give some examples?
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Difference between 好看、美丽 and 漂亮

All these words are used to describe beauty but which one is used for human, and which is used for things?
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Difference between 一顿饭 and 一碗饭

The measure word of 饭 is 顿 and 碗. But what is the difference between the two and how should I classify them? At first I thought 一碗饭 means a plate of food, for example if you have rice and chicken, ...
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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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还 vs 也 for expressing multiple actions

Based on the structure: S V O, 还/也 V O When should I use 还 and when should I use 也? A Chinese friend told me that 还 often sounds better than 也 in sentences where the two verbs are different, such ...
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Is there any specific rules or, at least, common rules that can help us decide when to use “verb-object” words?

Before jumping into my question, please forgive me if this question has ever been asked by someone else (I didn't find one though), but could someone please explain to me the rules (or the way) of ...
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我 or 我的 to show possession? [duplicate]

你们好, In several language learning books for Chinese, I have seen 我 (wǒ)used rather than to mean “I” to mean “my.” Check the following example: 这是我爱人。 Literally: this be I love person. Meaning: This ...
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不能得到 vs 得不到 difference

When I was trying to make this sentence : "It seems like I can't get good score even though I study hard/我虽然努力学习,但是我好像还不能得到好成绩 (I don't know if my sentence is correct tho)", I found this word 得不到 (...
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what is the difference between 條 and 匹?

In the context of "classifier for long thing objects" how do 條 and 匹 differ?
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What is the purpose of “到” in 他在行窃时被当场抓到

I'm confused about 到 which means to arrive, or up until. How does it fit into the sentence "He was(is) caught in the act of stealing. " Also, how is past tense indicated here?
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What's the difference between 要 and 想 for “to want”?

Is one more common (要 vs 想)? Are there different situations to use each?
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To-do list words

I'm learning Chinese, and trying to use it more in my daily life, e.g. by making to-do lists in Chinese. What's the Chinese term for a to-do list, and what are words you might use if you finish ...
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Why 了 is not used in this sentence? And what's the meaning of 玩 in this sentence?

The sentence is : "上个星期天,我跟好朋友一起去林学院的农场玩。". I wonder why the writer doesn't add 了 after the verb to indicate that this action took place in the past. Also, what's the use of 玩 in that sentence? And ...
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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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Why 又 is used in this sentence?

My friend who's a native Chinese speaker told me this "今晚又要加班". I wonder why he used 又 instead of 再 since (as far as I know) 又 indicates a repetition of an action in the past, while in this case, I ...
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Difference between 讨厌, 恨, 怨恨, 忌恨, 恶, and 恼恨?

Could you please tell me the difference and how each word is used?
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Difference?? : 聊,聊天,聊聊,聊聊天,聊一聊,闲聊

What's the difference between 聊,聊天,聊聊,聊聊天,聊一聊,闲聊?
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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 ...
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How do i write Erobee in Chinesse?

I want to use Chinese writing of Erobee in my logo. Does someone tell me please?
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How do I say "did you see what happened?'

For example, if I turn a street corner and find there is some kind of situation, for example a crashed car or whatever, and I want to ask someone nearby if they saw what happened, what should I say? ...
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提交给 vs 提交 difference

What's the difference between : 提交给 and 提交? What does 给 indicate when it follows words like 提交, 借, etc.? And should I use 把 whenever I use words like "return", "submit", "hand over", etc.?
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Why such a bizarre placement of 关于 in this sentence?

I came across this s: 请问关于解释《里》和《内》的区别. I have googled and "请问关于解释" happens on the Internet. However, according to what I have read here, it's always placed after the verb. Is 解释 not a verb here? Why ...
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What do you call your father's twin brother?

I'm a mid-level Chinese student. I have two younger brothers, who are twins. One brother is married to a Chinese woman, and they have a young son. The son calls me 姑姑 and my husband 姑丈. My sister-...
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How do I say “from this”/“this shows”? Like, “this shows you are lazy” or “from this I can tell you are lazy”

See title. I'm looking for how this would be expressed in everyday speech, not in news reports (I know 由此可见 but that's too formal). More examples: The way he walks shows that he is self-confident / ...
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Why is 把 in 我去洗把脸 (wǒ qù xǐ bǎ liǎn) = I'm going to wash my face?

YouDao has an example of 我去洗把脸: 知道了,妈。我去洗把脸,让自己清醒一些。 Zhīdàole, mā. Wǒ qù xǐ bǎ liǎn, ràng zìjǐ qīngxǐng yīxiē. I see, Mummy. I'm going to wash my face and wake myself up. and I just ...
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Are my answers to this question about 不仅 appropriate, and how can I make them more elaborate?

This is an exercise in the book 标准教程HSK4上 about using 不仅 (bùjǐn; "not only") together with 也, 还, or 而且. I transcribe it below: 练一练 Practice 完成句子 Complete the sentences. (1) 李老师不仅喜欢看电影,...
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你 vs. 妳 for second person

When writing to a female, is it appropriate to use 妳 for “you”? Could it be misunderstood as a reference to breasts or milk? Example: 我见过你面带笑容,我见过你面带愁容。
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How to say: “screwed it up”

How can I express that someone "screwed [something] up?" For example: "They really screwed up the code with the last changes they made" "I gave him one little task and he still managed to screw it ...
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What is the difference between 费电 and 耗电?

In the context of phone apps, is there a difference between these words? How about in other contexts?
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Where are you? What are you doing?

So I translated it like: "Ni zai nar? Ni zuo shenme?" But I found "Ni zai zuo shenme?" online... How is it zai zuo (in + to do)??? And is it correct if I just say zuo (to do)?? Does it express the ...
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How do you say “Where is Beijing?”

In Chinese will we say, "Beijing zai nār/nali?". Because I just learned to say, "Lundun zai Ying Guo." Plus, "Where is your home?" is, "Nide jia zai nar?" So using these rules, is it acceptable? ...
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Are they in Britain?

In Chinese it will be "Tamen zai ying guo ma?" But I studied that we use shi to connect nouns, so can we also say: Tamen "shi" zai ying guo ma? Is it also grammatically correct? It's just easier for ...
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Obscene: translate 下流 or 輕佻?

I want to describe people wearing clothing as totally indecent and obscene, for instance because the clothing doesn’t remotely cover the buttocks. I am not talking about ordinary mini skirts or hot ...
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Why is the use of 本人 appropriate in the contexts below

My previous question revealed that the context for 本人 should be much more formal than I thought. Below is an example from last year’s 閱讀課: Is this guy trying to impress his potential landlord with ...
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“How are you this morning” in Chinese?

Is "Ni jin tian zao shang zen me yang?(你今天早上怎麼樣?)" ok? Can we also say, "Ni zhe ge zao shang zen me yang? (你這個早上怎麼樣?)" Cux we do say, "Ni zhe ge xing qi zen me yang? (你這個星期怎麼樣?)" for how are you ...