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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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Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)?

Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)? What I can find is 期,阴,and 胜,
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Differences: 干,办,做,搞,弄

What's the difference between all these five words? They mean all "to do", they're driving me crazy! I write some example sentences with some of them (hoping that's the right one), just to understand ...
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How can I tell apart which two-syllable adjective forms “ABAB” to emphasize it?

I'm now learning on emphasizing adjectives by the repetition (e.g. 你的脸红红的。). However, some two-syllable words form ABAB and others AABB to emphasize the adjective. For example, 开开心心 好吃好吃 干干净净 便宜便宜 ...
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Are there large discrepancies between what Chinese consider to be words?

Looking into the Chinese dictionary I have on my phone, I noticed that 我是 (I am) is listed as a word, while I as a non native speaker would consider this to be two separate words. Whether or not 我是 is ...
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What does 'duang' mean in 'online Chinese'?

I see this word popping up on Weibo and Taobao. It's not written with any character, but spelled out in Pinyin. What does it mean? EDIT: For the annals:
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What is the difference between 钱 and 金钱 (and 款)?

金钱 is just 钱 with an added 金 but both mean "money". Are there any semantics or grammar differences between the two? Also, 款 seems to also mean money. I know 款 is usually used after 贷 but can it also ...
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Very frequently used word in Mandarin that sounds like “nica” or “nigah”

I work in a group where I am the only person that does not speak Chinese, thus I hear Chinese conversations all day every day. I've noticed that there's a word which is used extremely frequently, in ...
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What percentage of Chinese words are 1-character ? … 2-character?

Within an average Chinese person's vocabulary ... (which may be ~ 30,000 (?) words, but this number isn't important) could you guess what percentage of the words are 1-character, and what ...
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What words exist that come from deconstructed characters?

Page 178 of《成都话方言词典》has the following entry: 丘八儿 qiū bér [tɕ‘iəu⁵⁵ pər²¹] 丘八, 旧时称军人。因“丘”加“八”为“兵”而得名(含贬义)。 丘八 is a deconstruction of the character 兵. What words exist that come from ...
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Can all adjectives be transformed into adverbs with 地?

In Mandarin if you use 地 to an adjective, it can change into an adverb. For example, 我真喜欢你健健康康地长大。 他舒服地躺在那里。 Now I wonder whether all adjectives can be transformed into adverbs in this rule. ...
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Why is 的 necessary in 你是什么时候买的苹果?

I've found the following sentence: 你是什么时候买的苹果? However, I'm convinced that this sentence should be 你是什么时候买苹果的?. Why does the sentence above require 的 after 买? What purpose does it function for?
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Is it OK to use 只 (only) when it already uses 只 as a measure word?

In the following sentence: ”银座养蜂项目“始于2006年,目前在银座的三个大厦屋顶都设有养蜂场,各有20-30万只蜜蜂。 The sentence means: "Ginza Bees Project" started in 2016. Now the roof of all three buildings in Ginza have the bees ...
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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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Can I use 兼 for more than two positions?

兼 takes two objects that are in the same category. For example, 一般来说,在IT行业一个中小企业创始者担任CEO兼CTO是常见的。 在我的家庭,妈妈是个厨师兼清洁工。 However, can I add one or more, and make it more than two positions, such ...
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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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Why is Oxford called 牛津?

Most chinese words about the name of foreign places are mapped phonetically, such as 华沙, 纽约 or 首尔, I believe. But in some cases it is from the historical incident, such as 旧金山 (I don't know how many ...
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In a set word, can't I use a complement between it? [closed]

For example, in 明心 that each can't stand alone, can it be used into 明完心 or 明了心? If not, why?
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Can I use 跳舞 into these three words? [closed]

跳那舞 跳华尔兹 跳奇怪舞 All of these three words can be used? I think the second word is possible Thank you in advance