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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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Words that must be used together with no meaning alone

I really encountered 乒乓 (pingpong/table tennis) and 曱甴 (cockroach). Are there other words that were created for this usage? Must be used together with no meaning individually? I feel these words are ...
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What exactly are the meaning/function of 的 and 了?

In my experience, not 1 single 对外汉语教师 can explain these two words, the most popular-used, to the students, unfortunately, including myself. Can anyone explains is this sequence: 1. basic/fundamental ...
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稀里糊涂and糊里糊涂, Are there any differences?

大家好! 1.稀里糊涂/糊里糊涂,它们有区别吗? 2.稀,里是什么意思?These are words not found in most dictionaries.
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What is this word?

I was cleaning my room and found this pyramid thing with what I would guess a chinese character (because I'm chinese). Tried to look it up but couldn't find anything.
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Why doesn't the word (诶 ) have 口 like other interjection, such as 哦 or 啊?

If I am not mistaken, words like "哦“ or ”啊” are interjections (语气动词、感叹词). However, I am wondering as to why it has the 言 radical, in place of the 口 radical? Usually I see 言 in place of words that ...
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How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences?

My questions: How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences? What is the difference between 你不知道吗? and 你难道不知道吗?
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What is the difference between 有时 and 有时候? How are they used differently in context?

大家好! I noticed that in Chinese, there are two similar words for "sometimes": 有时 and 有时候. Are they any different from each other? For example, is one more formal than the other? Thanks! :)
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Are 煤碳 and 煤炭 the same thing ("coal")?

此前,船舶经纪公司Braemar ACM Shipbroking珀斯分部的分析师阿比那·古普塔(Abhinav Gupta)向ABC确认,42万吨澳大利亚煤碳在今年7月、8月卸货,另外5.5万吨在今年5月装船的煤碳在7月清仓,但他无法确认这些煤炭的用途。 中国今年前三季度对澳洲进口额突飞猛进意味着什么? Sometimes I encounter 煤炭 = "coal" ...
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所以,因此 and 于是 in context

Background Recently, I was tasked to describe whether I was a vegetarian and for what reason. At first I wanted to use words like 因而, but I suspected the native speakers would deem them too literary ...
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What does "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" mean?

So I was reading a novel and I don't get "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" does it mean "what else did you see?" Or would it be more like "what else did you learn?"
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汉语里的这种看似而并非纯属口语、平时不跟他字搭配成词的字有特别的名字吗?

据我所观察,以下字均符合这两个条件:一、看似而并非纯属口语(词典作根据),二、平时不跟他字搭配成词。进一步说,在这些字中,很多平时会被其他频率较高的字或词所代替。 且看: 字:蒙(哄骗) 例句:你别蒙我。 字:蒙(胡乱猜测;碰运气) 例句:这球踢进门,全是蒙上的。 字:蒙(糊涂;不清楚) 例句:一上台就蒙了,不知道该说什么好。 字:蒙(昏迷) 例句:被人打蒙了 字:磨(消耗(时间); 拖延) 例句:...
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Is 不争气 same as 没出息?

These two phrases are often seen in everyday conversations,for example,这孩子真没出息,这孩子真不争气, roughly meaning this child is useless, this child is not good, but I am not sure whether these two phrases are ...
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What is the difference between 于 and 以 to express "a certain time" or "a fixed date"?

I learned that 以 can also function to mean "a certain time" or "a fixed date", for example: 我以三月一日返。 However, I also know that 于 can work in the same purpose, for example: 生于上海 ...
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Segmenting Chinese words for the index of a book

I am trying to make a strict index of individual words for a large work of literature, using Chinese word segmentation, such as are found at the back of reference books. . e.g. "大星............ ...
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What are some example sentences for 现代汉语词典's first definition of 论证, which means something like "argumentation"?

Since I'm encountering issues originating from using (insufficiently precise and often incomplete) Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries, I'm trying to make the switch to Chinese-Chinese ...
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In the context of deep-sea exploration, what is the pronunciation of 蛤 (gé​ vs. há​)?

潜水到几千米深海底的科学家发现了一个繁殖生命的场所,那里的生物长相古怪,​蛤,蚌,蟹,贝壳,红冠蠕虫等等,什么都有。 HSK6 Standard Course 6上, chapter 19. I'm not too sure about how to pronounce 蛤 above: CC-CEDICT: 蛤 (gé​) clam; (há​) frog / toad The HSK6 ...
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What does 艺术可以接地气,但请不要接地府 mean?

艺术可以接地气,但请不要接地府 It is the comment made by a Chinese netizen on the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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What does 捅破窗户纸 mean?

In an interview, a China's former top swimmer commented on his team mate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 that 他(汪顺)其实早就应该是冠军了,但是他一直没有捅破窗户纸. What is the relation between swimming and this "breaking ...
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Is there a story behind the word 寒暄 (lit. "cold warm") = "to exchange pleasantries"?

CC-CEDICT: 寒暄 (hán​xuān​) to exchange conventional greetings / to exchange pleasantries CC-CEDICT: 寒 (hán​​) cold / poor / to tremble CC-CEDICT: 暄 (xuān​) genial and warm I have trouble remembering ...
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How does 覆盖着 work grammatically, given that A覆盖着B sometimes means "A covers B" and sometimes means "B covers A"?

CC-CEDICT: 覆盖 (fù​gài​) to cover I've noticed a discrepancy with the usage of 覆盖着 such as in: [A covers B] 积雪覆盖着森林 (snow covers the forest) [Google] [B covers A] 草覆盖着露水 (the grass is covered by dew) ...
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What does 不对付 mean?

A sentence from the news reads: 古力娜扎即将代班张雨绮入驻《快乐大本营》,非常有可能在节目中迎来同为新疆娱乐界代表人物的迪力热巴,但令粉丝遗憾的是,据传这两人籍贯背景年龄学历大致相当,彼此却不太对付,此前同框时尚芭莎夜被主持人朱丹搞混名字. It is a long one with so many interesting points of learning, ...
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What level of a position 卿 is at as in 国务卿?

No officials of governments or Communist Party governing bodies in modern China use 卿 as an official position, as far as I know. So it is very confusing when 国务卿 is used for the official position of a ...
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Are these correct?

大家好! Are these correct? 1.两个桥墩相距20米。 两个桥墩相隔20米。 2.我家离学校相距一小时。 我家离学校相隔一小时。 3.学生要以课本为主,回归于课本。 学生要以课本为主,回归课本。 造的句子对吗? 谢谢!!!!
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋...“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you get a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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How is 兼 used when it is used to connect two titles?

I believe, the word 兼 is used to connect two things that are of the same status or importance, but in this case 国务委员兼外交部长王毅, 国务委员(State Councilor) is a higher-ranking position than 外交部长(foreign ...
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Are the 人民 not the same?

According to English language official media of China, 人民日报 is People's Daily, 中国人民银行 is People's Bank of China, but 中国人民大学 is Renmin University of China. What is the difference?
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Is 直 in 直男癌 and 直娘贼 of the same meaning?

直男癌 is believed to be web slang and 直娘贼 is seen in old novels like 水浒 or other warrior-themed stories, I do not really know their meanings and want to know the meaning of the word 直 in the two phrases....
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Does 窈窕淑女,君子好逑 mean “There's a good maiden fair / Whom a young man is wooing”?

About these two sentences from the Book of Poems, my understanding is that a good girl is always the desired target of a man of virtue, something like the beginning words of Pride and Prejudice--It is ...
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What does 届 mean?

I guess this word means a term of an official post, but now we also find words like 这一届网友不吃你这一套 or 这一届群众没那么容易欺骗了,so what does the word really mean? 今年举办的欧洲杯是第几届?what exactly does that mean? Does it ...
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How is 某 used properly with names?

王某,李某 are the words often appearing in news reports of Chinese language media, they roughly mean so-and-so if I am not wrong, but why do news media use such ambiguous terms to make news reporting? ...
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Are these sentences correct?

大家好! 1.大女方四岁。 2.男方大四岁。 3.男方大其四岁。 Are these sentences correct? 谢谢! 有大神回答下吗?
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Who would we describe as 豪爽?

豪爽 (háo​shuǎng​) CC-CEDICT: outspoken and straightforward / forthright / expansive 豪爽 is an adjective used to describe people's personalities. Judging from dictionary definitions and examples, such ...
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Difference between 借 and 贷

Both can either mean "to borrow" or "to lend". I know you can combine both of them "借贷" to mean "debit and credit". But what are the differences in usage and semantics between those two words. They ...
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What suffix of location is more natural in Standard Mandarin : 头, 面 or 边?

when I use 上 /下 /东/ 南 /里 etc. how do I know If I have to use 边 /面 /头? I normally use 面, as in 书在桌子上面, but I want to be sure I'm right.
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Why is there a 就 in 迁就?

迁就 (qiān​jiù​) CC-CEDICT: to yield / to adapt to / to accommodate to (sth) Breaking this apart, we have: 迁 (qiān​) CC-CEDICT: to move / to shift / to change (a position or location etc) / to promote ...
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Why is 因为 listed as an adverb in the dictionary?

“因为”是连词,为什么有副词? https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/thesaurus.php?word=%E5%9B%A0%E4%B8%BA Please show me example sentences with 因为。
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Difference between zhongshu and zaishu and zhishu?

大家好! 1.可以说种树,植树,栽树,为什么植树节只能说植树? 2.为什么说栽秧,种秧,而不说植秧? Thanks! :)
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What is the origin of the word 鬻?

The word 鬻 (yù) appears to originate as a joint pictogram from: 粥 depicting the rice and two whirls of steam on the sides 鬲 (pronounced lì?) a cooking vessel Later 粥 alone came in use to express the ...
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Is there a Chinese phrase equivalent to "difficult to eat"?

I wonder if there is a Chinese word or phrase equivalent to "difficult to eat" or "hard to eat". For example, someone said that pomegranates and artichokes are among the 19 most ...
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干 / 做 / 作 / 办/ 弄/ 搞 / what are the differences and how are they properly used in a sentence?

For the first four sentences I think these words are interchangeable, except for the second sentences i think ^^ 小明在家里( )作业。(做 作 弄 ) 我刚( )好了一个手艺品。(做 搞 ) 我要把这件事( )明白。(弄 搞 办 干) 你事情( )好了吗?(办 弄 做 搞 干 作 ) ...
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How can I use 笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 properly?

笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 what are the differences and how are they properly used in a sentence? thnk U What is the difference between all of these?↓ 这个人真笨。 这个人真傻。 这个人真呆。 这个人真蠢。这个人真痴。
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What's the opposite of 不安?

不安 (bù​ān)​ CC-CEDICT: unpeaceful / unstable / uneasy / disturbed / restless / worried Sometimes I want to use the opposite adjective to 不安 (with the meaning 不不安), but I'm not sure what to use. It's ...
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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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I don't understand why 老外 and 洋人 mean what they mean

老外 - foreigner 洋人 - westerner Why does each individual character mean? When I combine the definitions, it doesn't make much sense. Also, which one is more common?
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How do you learn and remember 左 and 右?

Because 左 and 右 are so similar in the shape, I am wondering how do you learn and remember them? I need a good method to teach.
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What is the function of 得 in words like 覺得、記得、顯得、值得、懂得、免得、認得…?

First of all, does 得 have the same meaning in those examples? I'm familiar with 得 in other senses like 得到 and 聽得見, but those meanings seem distant. Is it more related to usage like “我唱得不好”? The main ...
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Since Putonghua is a standard English word, why do people use Mandarin for standard Chinese?

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/putonghua putonghua mass noun The standard spoken form of modern Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing.
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What is the meaning of 妖星?

I'm trying to make sense of the word 妖星 ("demon star") which I have encountered in a Japanese phrase. This word does not appear in any Japanese or Chinese (English) dictionaries I've run across, but ...
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比 as synonym for 放?

I recently changed my phone language to Chinese. Someone "loved" a text I wrote, meaning that they put a heart on the message. The phone notification says, "这个人比了个心“, which to me, seems ...
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How do we reconcile the different definitions for 弊端 in the HSK Standard Course 6上 ("disadvantage" etc.) and CC-CEDICT ("malpractice" etc.)?

The HSK Standard Course 6上 textbook (p.45) definition for 弊端 is inconsistent with the definition from CC-CEDICT: HSK6上: n. disadvantage, drawback CC-CEDICT: malpractice / abuse / corrupt practice ...

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