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Difference between these words [closed]

What's the difference between these pairs of words? My book doesn't give a clear distinction between them. 如果 - 要是 必须 - 要 报名 - 注册 查 - 检查 读书 - 看书
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What is the difference between 课 and 班级?

Is there any difference between 课 and 班级? As far as I know, both mean class in school. Some of example sentences I read are below: 这个班级上数学课的时候用计算机 他正在准备历史课的作业 这是一个高中的班级 他们正在上法语课 我的班级是在学习念英文 我想要教画画课 ...
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What is the verbatim meaning of the phrase 了不得了?

I stumpled upon this phrase, unfortunately the verbatim meaning was not explained, only how it is used in a sentence: sentence pattern: 了不得了, sentence. (first 了 read as liao2, second 了 as le) 了不得了 ...
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What's the difference between 候 and 等?

I've usually seen in my little Mandarin learning experience, that when people express wait, they usually use 等. However, I just noticed the following phrase in Sina Weibo: 请稍候... I know 请 means ...
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Can 来 be used as a 虚词?

来 usually means "to come". In this sentence from an online database: 旱区人民需要我们的帮助来渡过难关 来 does not seem to me being used in its lexical meaning here, but rather containing a grammatical expression ...
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What's the difference between 雕像 and 雕塑?

I've read the two sentences that used the word 雕像 and 雕塑, respectively. However, I don't see what's the difference between the two words. When you look it up in a dictionary, both say "it is statue". ...
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What is the difference between 古怪 and 古里古怪?

According to my book, there is a pattern for building further adjectives from adjectives. If the original adjective is AB (two different characters), its derivation is A里AB. Unfortunately, this ...
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Is the character 攜 still used in modern Chinese?

This character has in classical Chinese a very common meaning, namely "to take", like in the sentence: 攜妻子至海岸。 (To take wife and children and arrive at the sea shore). I recognize many characters ...
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What does `只` mean in `他有四本书,可是我只有三本`?

In the following sentence: 他有四本书,可是我只有三本。 , what does the 只 mean? I think the sentence reads He has four books, but I have three. I also read the sentence like 我只需要一个叉子, though I cannot get what 只 ...
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Help me catch a word

He spoke so fast, I can't make out the word he said at 2:05:8. 在既不能证实,也不能证伪的时候, ???(sounds like li3) ... 周孝正:中国社会问题分析
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What does the `里` mean in `这些狗里有一只穿红色的毛衣`?

In the following sentence: 这些狗里有一只穿红色的毛衣 What does the 里 mean? I think the sentence means something like The dogs wear red sweaters. But why does it require 里 there and what meaning does it add? I'...
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Help Editing Short Monologue [closed]

Is anyone willing to help me edit this monologue for grammatical errors? If so, I would really appreciate it. I have also included the pinyin in case it helps to understand what I meant. I have chosen ...
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How do you say "To take a gap year"?

Is there a clear translation for the phrase "Take a gap year" (i.e. take a year off between your last year of high school and college (often for travel, work, etc.))?
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What exactly does 门风帮闲 mean?

The follow is an except from 《水浒传》 第二回. Based on 端王's personality traits, he could have been a Shakespeare or, at least, a Balzac, or, perhaps, under favourable circumstances, a Galileo. I wonder ...
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What nuance does the `当` represent?

In the following sentences: 有一天他会当医生 有一天我会当经理 what does the 当 mean? I think this means something like One day she would become a doctor. However, what kind of nuances does 当 include? Is it would ...
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What is the difference between `踢足球` and `踢球`?

I've read the following two sentences today: 我以前在这里踢足球 现在我在踢球 However, what is the difference between the 踢足球 and 踢球? I think both means playing soccer, but is there any difference?
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What exactly does 意 mean?

If I'm not mistaken, this 300 BC Chinese philosophy is strikingly modern. 世之所贵道者,书也。书不过语,语有贵也。语之所贵者,意也,意有所随。意之所随者,不可以言传也,而世因贵言传书。Source: 轮扁斫轮 http://baike.baidu.com/view/238082.htm For example, ...
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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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How to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro in Chinese?

In Chinese, Macintosh is described as 苹果的电脑, and MacBook series are described as 苹果的笔记本电脑. However, I don't know how to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro. Apple's Chinese page doesn't ...
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Explanation usage of 得 and 地 [duplicate]

Can someone explain me exactly when I have to use these two words? They are both pronunced "de", but I found some difficulties understanding why should I use 得 (or shouldn‘t) in some senteceses. 地 , ...
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The position of 给

I‘ve notice that sometimes 给 changes its position in the sentece. Look at these examples: • 我发给你一个邮件 • 我给你发一个邮件 Both are correct but what different meaning/shadow do they express?
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What is the difference between 究竟 and 到底 ?

So, a teacher explained to me that 究竟 is a more formal way of saying 到底. However, I'm still curious if there are there any other usage differences between the two? Is 究竟 only used in examples that ...
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Explaining "condescending" in Chinese?

If I want to explain the word "condescending" in Chinese using a scenario, what can I do? Thank you so much for your attention!
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How to translate skepticism?

Skepticism, in Bertrand Russell's words, means "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. " I.e. don't believe until there is enough evidence. ...
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How to translate belief?

I'm trying to write this in Chinese: "Knowledge is a subset of true beliefs." But I can't find a proper word for "beliefs." Notice that 信仰 is faith. Faith has religious connotations; belief is ...
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What is the difference between 探望 and 看?

Both the expressions 探望 and 看 are, in an appropriate context, translated as "to visit". I haven't been able to figure out the difference between the two. When does one use 探望, when does one use 看?
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追 as in 追剧 (chasing a TV series)

I am native speaker but I haven't yet figured out the exact meaning of 追 as in 追剧 - 'chasing a TV series'. Does it mean 'stay on top', 'catch up' or simply 'actively watch'? In other words, Does it ...
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When do we use 没(mei3) and 不(bu4) before verbs in sentences? [duplicate]

I have read some articles Chinese, my question is about above subject, because if I want to say: 我没喝 (it is wrong) 我不喝 (it is right) are there list of verb can be followed by 没(mei3) and 不(bu4)?
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ㄍ一ㄥ? What dialect? What character?

I know ㄍ一ㄥ[gīng] is used extensively in Taiwan and in Taiwanese media, but my question is what dialect/topolect does this come from and what exactly is the character for this word? I know a lot of ...
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How does V+道 work?

I come across this kind of construct frequently in literature but never really understood the workings of 道. Like: 想道 说道 写道 What exactly does 道 mean here? What exactly does 道 do here? How is it ...
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跟到: 方言? Or what?

Is the word 跟到, as in 我们跟到就走, part of MSM? If not, what topolect is it from? Is there any documentation on it? (Dictionary entries, etc.) In case it's not clear the meaning of 跟到 is pretty much the ...
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why 秋千? Where does the name come from?

Had a look around in my dictionaries wondering if anyone has any input as to why a 秋千 is 秋+千, what's the significance?
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How to say "Peekaboo" when playing hide and seek

I have tried to find how to say "peekaboo" in chinsese when playing hide and seek. I 've just found 门门! but I don't know it is corect or not. Could you tell me how to say "Peekaboo!" and "Play hide ...
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How to translate 实时新闻定制和推送系统 to English?

I once worked on a project called 实时新闻定制和推送系统. Now someone translated it to English as Real-time News Ordering and Pushing System. However I feel strange with the word Ordering. I often hear the word ...
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How common are three-character or five-character words/terms in Standard Mandarin?

People often regard Chinese, including Standard Mandarin, as a monosyllabic language. Classical Chinese apparently was a monosyllabic language, where words consisted of a single syllable (a single ...
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What does 二货朋友 mean?

Another Weibo post. This one has a lot that i dont understand. I think 有天二货朋友看到我的说说 Means “one day two friends said to me..." But that structure is very strange. I would have written 有一天两位朋友对我说。。。is ...
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Usage of word 到 in 我很高兴见到你

Why do one need to write a word 到 in statement 我很高兴见到你? Can we omit it? It's like being complete without that word for me. Why do we need to use it? I found this phrase in this book.
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What is a one-character translation of the English word "Freedom"?

I've been trying to find a single-character translation of the word "freedom," but I can't seem to find one anywhere. The best translation I can find is, of course, 自由, which seems to be a fairly ...
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What does " backtick escapes " mean in chinese?

I learn Mathematica on the site StackExchange Mathematica,I encountered a problem?(on the picture) backtick escapes The result that the dictionary gives is "那些逃离",Obviously,it is wrong. So my ...
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Difference of 余 and 我

余 and 我 both mean I. But I still can't understand the real difference. Also, I want an example sentence. When I use Google Translate and Bing Translator, the result is same.
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Where, when and what is the word 圆舞 used for?

I've heard people call Waltz (music) either 华尔兹 or 圆舞曲, but I've only heard people call Waltz (dance) 华尔兹, never 圆舞. According to Baidu, 圆舞 does have a meaning of Waltz (dance). It has another ...
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Are there any initial consonants/syllables in modern Chinese dialects which are incompatible with some tones?

Are there any initial consonants/syllables in modern Chinese dialects which are incompatible with some tones? Can certain tones occur only in certain syllables (that is, within open or close ones)? ...
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What is the Chinese for "Harbin salad"

There is a dish from Northern China called Harbin salad in English as well as in Russian. I want to find out what it is called in Chinese. Here is a link that describes the dish.
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how to say ”(尤为)难得“ in English?

How would you say "难得“ and ”尤为难得“ in English? For example, 他在自己生活困难的情况下,资助老弱病残,尤为难得。
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How to say the term "招" and "式" in English?

It's used as a classifier, like this: "亢龙有悔"是"降龙十八掌"中的*一招*. and *一招一式*他都记得清清楚楚. So how to say it in English?
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Origin of the word "娘惹"

I know what 娘惹 means (wikipedia), however, I couldn't find any reference on its origin. Is it a Chinese transliteration of a Malaysian word, a Cantonese/Hokkien word or a Mandarin word? What's the ...
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Why 『衛護』's 『護』 is 言部?

護《說文》:『救視也』。但『擭』非同字,《說文》:『搫擭也。一曰布擭也,一曰握也』。 我覺得『衛護』的『護』寫作『擭』更好。如題問,『護』為什麼是言部?
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What is a good English translation for "老乡"?

In what contexts can 老乡 used? How do they translate to English?
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What's the difference between 星期X and 周X?

When accepting an answer, I noticed that the example used the word 周三 for Wednesday, but in my grammar, the days of the week are 星期一, 星期二, etc... They seem both correct but, what's the difference? ...
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Translation of 火箭扫雷车

I have a children's wallchart with a variety of weapons and military vehicles. One of the items is 火箭扫雷车. I think I understand the meaning (it's a kind of minesweeper that uses rockets to clear ...
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