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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 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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What does 拜 mean in 拜在俄做生意的中国有钱人所赐,他们的入境手续都不合法?

In the following sentence over 知乎: 最后,特别特别重要的提示!!!出门的时候记得带上护照,遇到警察,在他没有发现你之前躲开他!俄罗斯的警察待遇非常低,所以几乎90%的警察都会勒索外国人,尤其是中国人(拜在俄做生意的中国有钱人所赐,他们的入境手续都不合法,所以一查就给钱,一查就给钱,一来二去警察都知道中国人好给钱了),当然如果你懂语言且签证合法的话,...
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What does 翻了个儿 mean?

In the following sentence: 可毒瘾一发作,他就不停地流眼泪,流口水,哈欠连天就,接着便浑身冒冷汗,颤抖,肌肉疼,骨头疼,心呀、肝呀、肺呀什么的,全都翻了个儿,真是求生不得,求死无门。 In this sentence, what does 全都翻了个儿 mean? The words before that all mean the bad deseaces ...
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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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What is the difference between 抗拒 and 抵御?

These two words seem to be the same for me. Both mean "resist". According to 百度词典: 抗拒:抵抗并拒绝 抵御:抵挡;抗御 At least 抵抗 and 反抗 seems to be different in that it is used to counter "attack". 抵抗:用力量制止对方的进攻、...
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How many homophones for "shi" are there in Chinese - with or without considering tones?

I'm curious as to how many Chinese characters correspond to the pinyin "shi", such as 是 时 十 事 史 and so on. Is there an exact number of how many words (besides really archaic ones nobody uses) use this ...
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In 泰坦尼克号, why is it a 号 at the end?

In 泰坦尼克号, why is it a 号 at the end? What does it mean? What does it add to the meaning? I saw it without the 号 also.
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How to ask Chinese tourists keep their voice down?

Background: In Silom, Thailand, I was eating in a small restaurant, 5x10 square meters. It is not a quiet place since it is located nearby the road. However, customers in here, for example white ...
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What does 头 mean in 时常一待就几个钟头?

In the following sentence: 除了数学方面的书,我也喜欢看历史、文学等方面的书,时常一待就几个钟头。 The sentence mean something like the following: Except math books, I also like books about history and literature. When I have ...
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What does 與 mean in 對我來說她的存在是與現實之間的邊界綫?

I was curious about this sentence: 對我來說她的存在是與現實之間的邊界綫 I don't quite understand the meaning of 與 The dictionary I use gives the following definitions: 與 yú variant of 歟|欤 與 yǔ and; to ...
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Does 开他的玩笑 mean "he" plays or is played?

In the following sentence: 艾文特别老实、害羞,提什么建议,他都说好的好的;有时开他的玩笑,他会脸红得不知所措,只是憨憨地笑。他喜欢骑自行车,我俩就骑着车在南京城里转,在我这个业余导游的指引下,早到哪儿,逛到哪儿。 Since it starts with 他 as a subject, I feel that it is "he" that makes fun ...
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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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How do you say 直播 In English?

As eveyone knows that 直播 is Live. But in this sentence: What are you doing tonight? 看直播.(Watch Live) I think it's a little strange. PS:I watch online live, such as douyu.
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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 as: ...
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Meaning of 祝愿 as wishing or congratulating

I wrote 哇,祝愿碰运气,能碰上这个组啊. By this I meant I wish I can be lucky and end up in that group. I am worried it will be taken as congratulations on you being lucky ending up in that group (which sounds like "...
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How can I know a similar or related word in Chinese?

One of the problems I face these days is that while my reading is getting better, my writing skill is still quite limited. When I draft out a sentence, I could not come up with any word that should ...
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Why does 哆啦A梦 use an alphabet instead of an equivalent Chinese character?

Doraemon is represented as 哆啦A梦 in Chinese. It includes an alphabet ‘A’. But I wonder why it uses the alphabet. Why not simply use a word equivalent for ‘A’, such as: 哆啦欸梦 I haven’t seen such ...
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Why is 于 needed after 不屑 (but sometimes not)?

In the following sentence: 也有一些“小资女人”的领军人物开始不屑于说英文了,偶尔来句日文或法文才能彰显自己的不同。 This sentence uses 不屑于, not 不屑, but the meaning would be something like: Also, some leaders of “小资女人” started to look ...
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Does 外地人 include those who were born outside but grew up inside?

Suppose that a Shanghainese husband and Hangzhounese wife gave birth to their child at a hospital in Chengdu, but raised the child in Shanghai (from age 0 to 18). In this case, is the child still ...
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What is the term for alluding to a more formless concept by listing its specific members?

(I only understand Vietnamese, but I guess this phenomenon is an influence of ancient Chinese.) For example, we say "table-chair" to mean furniture, "month-year" to mean time, "land-water" to mean ...
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What is the difference between 呀 and 啊?

呀 and 啊 both seem to be used in the end of sentences for exclamation, and the only difference that I can think of is that the pronunciation in Putonghua (Mandarin) is different. In Cantonese, even the ...
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Bad word that will curse a family

Background So my friend, who’s Chinese, cried a few weeks ago. Apparently, a boy(let’s call him Bobby) in our class said a ‘bad word that will curse a family and their generation forever’. I asked ...
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What is 夜来香 in the song by Teresa Teng?

Cross-post notice Since it has been 25 days since I posted this on Quora, and all that happened was it was marked as needing editing (and perhaps also as needing to be in English), I chose to cross-...
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What is the difference between 毕竟, 究竟, 到底, 终究, and 总归?

毕竟, 究竟, 到底, 终究, and 总归 - these words mean "after all" in Chinese. For example, 毕竟我每次去巴黎,从来没有感到任何不适,有的只是满满的幸福感。 However, I wonder whether there is any difference between these words. According to ...
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The origin of the word chopstick

Looking up chopstick and chop-chop (meaning 'quickly' in English), I find: the original word for 筷子 is 著 pronounced the same as 住, which has a meaning of stop. This was considered unlucky, so 著 was, ...
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How should I use 哟?

Here is the conversation with my Chinese friend: I: I passed the application! She: 你申请过啦 She: 恭喜哟 According to Pleco: 哟 [at the end of an imperative sentence] [as a syllable filler in a song] ...
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What does "死党" mean?

My first impression to this word is something like "enemy" or "enemies", because the letter "死" is used and it means death. But when I do some search, it means "sworn followers"? I really doubt at it....
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How to express a hairdresser in Mandarin?

Recently my Chinese friend rephrased my use of 美容院 with 理发店 during the conversation, on which I said I'm looking for a hairdresser. In Japanese there are two types of hair salons - 美容院 and 理容院. Both ...
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What's the general word for '样‘ in '这样,那样’,‘小样’, ‘怎样', ‘好样的’?

It is hard for me to find out one general or exactly English word for '样' in different contexts, it is so common in Chinese.
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Segmenting question

Should 飽飽 and 小朋友们 be treated as single words in 山羊喜欢青草, 肚子饱饱才回家。 小朋友们别学它, 努力做个好宝宝。 ? Segmenting software that I use splits 飽飽 and separates 们.
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Is 不仅仅 the correct word?

In the following sentence: 这家小资的咖啡店本身不仅仅是一间咖啡店,还是首个提出咖啡情绪疗法的品牌。 I know 不仅 means "not only", and 不仅~还是 means "not only ~ but also ~", similar to English idiom. However, this sentence uses 不仅仅, not ...
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What does 而 mean in 因森发·加计学院问题而曝光率增高的?

In the following sentence: 因森发·加计学院问题而曝光率增高的「sontaku」一词,也已经成为了日常用语。 I know the use of 而 as "and", but I feel it doesn't make sense here to use 而, since I don't understand what it connects. So how ...
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Can one use 热 and 冷 to describe people?

In many Indo-European languages metaphors of temperature are used to describe people. Is it the same in Chinese, can we say '他很热' and not mean that they have a high temperature?
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Can 將 (or 将) only be used for events/actions that will take place in the near future?

I have read that 將 is used for actions or events in the near future, but in some other definitions of the word, it is simply used for a future action.
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What does 而在此前 mean?

In the following sentence: 据上海迪士尼乐园度假区方面消息,从2017年11月15日起,上海迪士尼乐园对游客须知进行调整,禁止游客携带食品和酒精饮料入园,非酒精饮料容量不得超过600毫升。而在此前,迪士尼乐园允许未拆封的食品入园。 I understand the meaning of 此前, which means "before this" or "until ...
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What mental imagery does 如麻 invoke?

People use the idiom 杀人如麻 all the time but hemp is no longer a familiar scene to most people, and I doubt anyone ever saw a hemp in his whole life. Exactly what mental imagery is 麻 supposed to invoke?
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Apple Watch has a built in response of "一个字。非常棒!👊". Is this correct?

When you respond to a text message on Apple Watch, there are a number of autoreply options. One of them: 一个字。非常棒!👊 I translate this to English as "One word. Excellent! 👊". This makes a lot of ...
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Can 吃的人 mean both a person who eats something and a person who someone eats?

Can 吃的人 mean both a person who eats something and a person who someone eats? If a subject or a object is omitted.
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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
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In 脱衣, can I put an adjective between it?

Can I use it into 脱我的衣 脱黄衣 脱这衣 although it's 离合词 and 衣 can't stand alone?
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Why can't I use 我的 in Classical Chinese?

almost all words are stand alone in classical texts. Only modern Chinese tend to use multi characters to form a word. Your examples would be 明身/明体, 明心. But 明我的心 is not a traditional way. Why can't ...
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In a word combined with two morpheme, can I use a adjective in front of the noun?

For example, can I change the word 见面 into 见他的面 or 见帅面 or 见这面?
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The meaning of 说不好

In the following sentence: 调查中,11.1%的受访青年自认为已经是“斜杠青年”,46.3%的受访青年想成为“斜杠青年”,21.4%的受访青年不想,还有21.2%的受访青年说不好。 The transcribed script writes "neither yes nor no". However, I wonder why it becomes such ...
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What does 一样 mean in "适度的睡眠时间与合理饮食,积极运动一样"?

In the following sentence: 研究成果认为,适度的睡眠时间与合理饮食、积极运动一样,能为人体补充能量,调节各项生理功能,降低患上心血管疾病的风险。 一样 usually means "like" or "the same as". However, I don't understand the meaning here. I feel I understand ...
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What does 为 mean in 该公司目前为多达80款不同菜系提供外卖...?

In the following sentence: 发言人表示,该公司目前为多达80款不同菜系提供外卖,“这一点足以说明我们英国人是全世界菜肴的吃货。” I understand the meaning, which is something like the follows: The spokesman said that the company now provides 80 ...
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What does 什么每天 mean?

The excerpt is from the top answer on 知乎: 再加上「真假TV」里爆出来的,什么每天用老公的牙刷刷马桶,把排泄物混到料理里微笑着看他吃下去之类的,可以拿去回答「人性到底可以有多阴暗」了。 According to MDBG dictionary: 什么 what? / who? / something / anything I guess ...
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Where should I put a neutral tone in 雪白雪白?

雪白雪白 (1) xuě-bai-xuě-bái (such as 漂漂亮亮) (2) xuě-bái-xuě-bai If ABB and AAB adjectives also have neutral tones, please let me know where tones should be.
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Is it true that a word that consists of two adjective words has a neutral tone on the second word?

Do the words, such as 冰凉冰凉, 雪白雪白, and 通红通红, each have a netural tone on the second word? e.g. 漂漂亮亮 [piào piao lìang lìang]
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What does 膝盖 mean in this context?

The following is a title of a post over 人民网. 15岁女孩出版6万字英文小说!不就膝盖吗?拿去! Source: http://m.jy1377.com/a/100/32674.html My dictionary (Pleco) only has "knee" as the meaning. The same is true of MDBG. ...

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