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Why don't people use 專名號 to avoid ambiguity?

For example, consider the following sentence: 大多數真核細胞有高爾基體。 For those who are unfamiliar with biology, he/she may not know if 高爾基體 should be understood as (高爾)(基體) or (高爾基)(體)。Two avoid confusion, it ...
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In “一网打尽” what does 尽 mean?

一网打尽 yīwǎngdǎjìn lit. to catch everything in the one net. In this sentence what does 尽 means? how to easily remember the meaning by seeing the character without wild guess and imagining etymological ...
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就: what are the top 3 meanings by usage

就 is one of the most widely used word. From secondary school english student point of view/ general usage/ HSK exam point of view what are the 3 most meanings that covers by usage? dictionary has 20+ ...
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How would you translate 佛系 into English?

Wikipedia (https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/佛系) says: 佛系是中文網路新生的流行語,約在2018年左右開始比較頻繁的在中文網路跟媒體出現,在中文的語境裡大致意思是指怎麼都行、看淡一切、無欲無求的一種生活態度。[1]該詞據考證來源於2014年日本的《non-no》[2],提出所謂的「佛男子」(日语:仏男子)的概念,是指专注于自己的兴趣或工作,...
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Why doesn't 虛 contradict 謙虛?

Definition D for 虛 lists "vainly". Unquestionably, "vainly" is the opposite of "modesty". And "modesty" implies that you possess something valuable, like ...
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Why's 言 the semantic component of 謙?

I don't understand how 言 ("to say"; "speech", "words") relates to modesty. Language, speech, words can be used to boast, exaggerate, and lie! Above is Yellowbridge. ...
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Why's 氵(“water”) 澀's semantic component?

I don't understand how 氵 (“water”) relates to any of 澀's 2021 meanings below. Definition 1 : How's water "rough"? Definition 2 : Potable water doesn't taste "astringent; acerbic; tart&...
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In 淘, how does its semantic component 氵appertain to 'naughty'?

淘's semantic compound is 氵 (“water”). But how does "water" relate to "naughty; mischievous"? Above is Yellowbridge. Below is CUHK.
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How does 翻's 2021 meanings appertain to 羽?

I don't understand how 羽 (wings) relate to the 8 definitions of 翻 below. What's the semantic field of 翻? How does 羽 (wings) relate to 翻's semantic field? Above is Yellowbridge. Below is Oxford ...
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How does 雅's 2021 meanings appertain to 隹?

I don't understand how 隹 relates to definitions A-C below. Definition A.1. Are short-tailed birds standard in China? I'm no ornithologist. Definition A.2. Again, I don't deal with birds. I'm ...
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How does 添's 2021 meanings appertain to its semantic component 水?

This feels like the opposite of 减/減 (Reduce/Subtract/Decrease/Diminish): What's it got to do with water?. I read 演 = 氵+ 寅 but what's it got to do with water!? How did it get its modern ...
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How does 驕's 2021 meanings appertain to its semantic component 馬?

I know little about horses. Did the Chinese think horses were arrogant? Why? Above is Yellowbridge above. Below is Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) p 365.
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How does 雜's 2021 meanings appertain to its semantic component 衣?

I screenshot Yellowbridge. If I had to guess, is the etymology related to the fact that clothing can be mixed or piled up?
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Why does 項 signify both 'item' and 'neck'?

I hope it's obvious why, but I don't think of "necks" as items. I can't imagine "neck" as as part of a "list, collection or set." Why? Because I'm not trying to separate ...
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Is 栖 pronounced xi or qi as in 两栖?

I checked several dictionaries it's [liǎng qī]. But it's pronounced xi in this video.
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Etymology of 于 and transformation to in, on, at, go to

Two possibilities for the object of representation 于 are: Pictogram (象形). An ancient wind instrument; early form of 竽 (OC *ɢʷa). This view is supported by mainstream palaeography. Exhaled air; early ...
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What does 按部就班 mean?

I have checked the dictionary, the following are the meanings for Idiom and its components. could not get how ‘keep conventional ways’ was the meaning derived. can share more light on this? thanks ...
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Zhuyin: Are both ㄧㄨㄥ and ㄩㄥ correct renderings of “yong”?

I use https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php as my primary dictionary. For 用, and any character whose 拼音 would be "yong," the given 注音 on this site is always ㄧㄨㄥ. However, when ...
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''Standing Order'' in Chinese?

What is the best way to say a standing order ? Just to be clear I am referring to a bank standing order where I set it up such that my rent is paid by bank transfer on a monthly basis.
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Is 出国时船过香港 coherent?

围城 第一章(6) 苏小姐笑道:“方先生,你想得真周到!一天的事全计划好了。”她不知道方鸿渐只在出国时船过香港一次,现在方向都记不得了。 Does that mean Fang had only passed through Hong Kong once on his way abroad? Is 船过香港 coherent?
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Chinese transliterated place names

I am looking for a database of place names which would be non-Chinese place names listing their transliteration into Chinese. When I view Google Maps on my iPhone with the phone language set to ...
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Idioms Quiz of 23

Idioms Quiz of 23Q for Idiom lovers Q1. 小华的爸爸是围棋高手,你在他面前夸耀自己的棋技,不是____吗? Q2. 自从那次火灾后,村民一听到孩子的惊叫就_____以为又是哪一家失火了。 Q3. 世界上没有_____的事情,要成功就应该付出努力。 Q4. 这个电视剧向人们提出一个 _____的问题:中学生应该追求什么? Q5. 小女孩由于找不到妈妈,...
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Complete list of Chinese Input Methods in current use

This is a technical computer-orientated question. I have found this list of Chinese (and a few other) input methods below, from https://github.com/chinese-opendesktop/cin-tables , from which I am ...
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question about the usage of 返 (Cantonese)

In the sentence 我已經做咗好多日,而家想放返幾日假, I would like to ask about 返. What is the difference between just saying 放幾日假 and 放返幾日假. What is the function of 返? Thanks
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etymology of 友, 犮

I am confused at these two characters some times. Could you please let me know etymology of these 2 characters? and advise any further analysis. Thanks 友 yǒu friend 犮 bá to pull up
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What does 其 add to 尤其?

尤 and 尤其 both mean "particularly, especially", correct? Then isn't 其 redundant? What role does 其 serve? Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) p 906.
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How do 陷, 阱 appertain to their semantic component 𨸏 (阝 as left radical)?

I can't find 阜 in the Oxford Chinese Dictionary. Wiktionary 1.† mound 2.† abundant How do 陷 and 阱 (trap) relate to "mound" or "abundant"? Yellowbridge for 陷. Yellowbridge for 阱.
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How do 尤's 2021 meanings appertain to 尢?

I can't read Chinese, and don't understand CUHK. How does 尢 († lame; crippled) relate to 尤 (especially, particularly)? Yellowbridge.
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Ranking of Likelihood/Probability Words

There are several words in Chinese that express various degrees of probability/possibility/likelihood, such as 也许,说不定,可能,确定,etc. Many of these words have overlapping definitions, but this may or may ...
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Mnemonic or technique to remember 咅 ,部, 陪

I want to remember 咅 pǒu and all the dependent words on 咅. Could you please let me know what is the correct way/ think process? What technique are you using to remember the meaning forever? This is my ...
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What is the grammatical difference between 神河and 河神 [duplicate]

神河 and 河神 What is the grammatical difference between the two and when to use? 河神 God River 神河 Is it also God river or is it divine river? Example: "神河"文明,动画《超神学院》和《雄兵连》系列中的文明。 ...
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Phrase or idiom for “vocal minority”

How do you say "vocal minority" in Chinese? Specifially, in Mandarin?
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Can someone explain 衣锦尚炯 character by character?

Can someone explain 衣锦尚炯 character by character? I tried wiktionary but to no avail 😰 This is supposed to mean "She covered her brocade gown with a plain robe." Source: http://www.acmuller....
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Identify this radical or character

Thank you in advance or your help. I am working on a small word puzzle in which the puzzle's creator uses some Mandarin characters. There is one that I have not been able to identify. It might be a ...
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What is the meaning of these seals?

What is the meaning of these seals?
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Radical 163 Vs 170

What are the differences between these two radicals? What is etymology? Both represent same character or different? ⻖yì mound, abundant R170 ⻏ fú city R163
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What is the meaning of 放 fàng in this idiom?

The meaning of 放 fàng from dictionary is “put, release”. “Put or place” is an entirely opposite word / antonym of “release, free, liberate” Then what does 放 mean in the following idiom: 放在心上 ...
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台 tái = term of address? Is this address?

The dictionary has a meaning like this: 台 tái = platform, unit, term of address What does “term of address” mean? Does tái mean address?
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How does 稱's 2021 meanings appertain to its semantic component 禾?

CUHK doesn't expound the semantic shift from 禾. I underlined definition 4 below in green, because I know that rice and grains may need to be weighed. But I don't understand how definition 4 relates ...
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Help with expanding on a Chinese character's name (in headcanon)

(To clarify: I'm a white American, trying to make fanlore for a canonically Chinese character from a Korean game. There's several different levels of possible lost-in-translation here. If you need any ...
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Translating “for”, as in “with”

In mathematics, when we introduce variables in expressions we might say, for example, "F=ma, for m the mass and a the acceleration." How would you translate the "for" here? ...
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How can I answer the question “你什么时候开始学中文的?”

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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Who cook the soup? Confusion

[我煮汤 = I cook soup, this has confused who cook the soup..can you tell me grammer points how not to confuse with subject and object in this scenario:] I am translating this sentence, 他第一次为我煮汤,...
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Any hypothesis to remember 刑?

Any easy way or background why Well + knife is Punishment? Knife is related punishment, but after killing with knife any history to through them in the well? wikitionary details about 刑: Originally ...
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Please help identify characters in my seal on a modern brush painting

I am trying to find information on the characters in the red seal in the lower right corner of a painting.It is on paper and seems modern. I suppose it is a signature, Thanks for any information
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How to say ‘freeze tag’ (a game) in Chinese language? If you don’t know this game, please research it before you answer

I’m quite new to Chinese, having only started learning it a month ago, I struggle to find words in Chinese for names like: Harrry Potter, Freeze Tag, etc. Can we actually use ‘冻结捉捉’ to say ‘freeze tag’...
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Glyph origin of the character for frequency 频/頻 = steps + head?

What's the story behind this character 频? Neither of its components contribute phonetically to it, yet I can't seem to relate any of its components 步 steps and head/face 页 to its meaning of frequent/...
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呢 meaning “where”, is it possible?

Is it true that 呢 can mean "WHERE"??? If so, then what is the difference between 呢 and 哪儿??? I've seen those sentences and they made me wonder: "我的杯子在哪儿? - where is my cup?" and &...
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Cantonese pingshu?

I'm trying to find a good Cantonese pingshu performer. I would really like to find something akin to Li Boqing (李伯清) speaking in Chengduese or Wu Wen (吴文) speaking in Chongqingese. Something similar ...

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