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Date format in Chinese

I would like to display dates in different scenarios as given below. Could someone please help with correct Chinese date format for each case. I tried to find but coudldn't find something useful,so I ...
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Position of 也 in a sentence

In 你应该也吃不下番茄了吧? Why 也 isn't right after 你?Cause generally 也 is the closest adverb to the subject like in 你们也都不 where the adverbs 都 and 不 are after 也 . And as an adverb it would be place before 应该 ...
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How to translate "meme" in social media in Chinese?

According to wikipedia A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular ...
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When is it okay to say 在……的时候 instead of 当……的时候?

I always see 在……时/的时候,but whenever I try to use this phrase, natives tell me to say 当……时/的时候 instead. Examples of 在……时/的时候 from natives: 如果我在讲话的时候用到这些词的话…… 在阅读某些文章的时候…… 我觉得在我给你发了修改的文章时说会更好一点。 在上班时…… ...
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relation between "疏" and "上命" (clarifying meaning in a sentence)

I have a couple of problems concerning this sentence: 庚辰,具疏投進,上命校書館印布正文,其後玉堂權尚游、尹趾仁請下兩南,竝注疏印進,學士大夫皆印藏而賞。 How does 上命 relate to the previous clause (具疏投進)? I am not sure how to understand "尚游&...
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meaning of "正相發"

There is this passage from the Doctrine of the Mean: ""Hence the sovereign may not neglect the cultivation of his own character. Wishing to cultivate his character, he may not neglect to ...
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How to say "sexist" in Chinese?

Today in class we were discussing a dialogue and one student wanted to say that pne phrase is "sexist". Our teacher wasn't able to provide an answer for that, also because she doesn't speak ...
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How do I answer 你家有几口人?他们是谁?

My homework is asking about my family but the question after asks about what they do. How do I answer the question of who are they?
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how do i know when someone says 他 or 她 in a conversation?

她 means she, and 他 which means he, (they a are both pronounced ta) how can I tell the difference between the two in a conversation without any writing.
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Meaning of "辭" in a passage from 晦庵先生朱文公集

I have a question concerning a passage from a text by Zhu Xi. The full passage goes as follows (passages I have problem with are marked): "唐子西嘗曰,弘景知本草而未知經。注本草誤,其禍疾而小,注六經誤,其禍遲而大。前世儒臣引經誤國,其禍至於伏屍百萬,...
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Help identifying chinese marks and signstures on porcelain and pottery

I bought a collection of antique porcelain and pottery and I've identified a lot but I have a couple that are stumping me, no matter how much research I do. Can anyone help identify these?
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Does anyone know what this says and in what language?

I would like to know what language this is in. It's a pendant that belonged to my mother. I may be holding it backwards.
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Converting pinyin with tones into chinese characters

Does anybody know how to convert pinyin with tone marks back into chinese characters. I am using www.branah.com/chinese-to-pinyin to convert the characters to pinyin but cannot find a way to do the ...
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How to translate "Critically Examine“?

I am trying to translate some academic essay: By critically examining the original records of the history of Chinese Bible translation.... Google translates "critically" to "批判地",...
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Why is this Chinese clock so strange?

In the classical 1932 American film Shanghai Express starring Marlene Dietrich, the story is going on in 1931 in China on the Beijing–Shanghai railroad, and several times in the course of the film in ...
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Why don't Chinese people use 又紅又專 any more?

又紅又專 means being both socialist-minded and professionally competent and this phrase used to be popular in China. Since the People's Republic of China is still a socialist country, why don't people use ...
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What does 星辰大海 mean?

As far as I know, 星辰is used to mean time, and even when used literally, it has nothing to do with 大海, or it makes no sense, especially when put in the context of 我们的目标是星辰大海, which could be heard in ...
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What is 貼地 and 離地

This is perhaps a colloquialism that i have seen many times in Hong kong youtubers eating and tasting food. My guess is that 貼地 means local? As in 地道? what, then, is 離地? May i also know the “etymology”...
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How can I say "work in progess"?

I'm making a webpage and I want to put "work in progress" in mandarin. Is there any idiomatic way to express this? I saw this question, but I was in doubt if I could use this same expression ...
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Why do 嬲, 嫐 mean "play with; flirt with; angry"?

Tianjin Qin's answer alludes to the answer, but can you please expatiate the semantic relationship between 嬲 (Man-Woman-Man), 嫐 (Woman-Man-Woman) with teasing? Do 嬲, 嫐 symbolize peer pressure or ...
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Is there phonetic stress in questions?

他最喜欢谁? 他最喜欢小明。 每个人买了什么? 每个人买了菜。 Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I learnt that the main stress of the sentence when you're answering a question is on the part that is actually the answer. So the bolded ...
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What does 所 in 十目所視 do?

What does 所 in 十目所視 do? Is it some kind of grammar here? This is the definition of 所 from my dicitonary: 所 所 suǒ actually; place; classifier for houses, small buildings, institutions etc; that ...
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Difference between 事儿 vs 东西

What is the difference in meaning between 事儿 and 东西. As far as I understand both mean "thing". All help is appreciated.
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With the meaning of lying down, what's the difference between these three characters? 躺 vs 卧 vs 趴

With the meaning of lying down, what's the difference between these three characters? 躺 vs 卧 vs 趴
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Please help me change these sentences using 不止

I'm not sure what I changed are correct or not. 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不會只有70歲吧? -> 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不止70歲吧? 愛闖紅燈的,並不是只有騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 -> 愛闖紅燈的,不止是騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 王小姐家不但她能幹,她兩個姐姐也是女強人。 -> 王小姐家不止她能幹,...
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How can I write the Chinese enumeration comma "、" on Win10 keyboard?

I found out that I can write the Chinese colon ":" with Shift + (key right from L). Now I need to know how to write the enumeration comma. The existing Q&A threads did not help. I would ...
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I'm trying to say sad but in a metaphorical sense. Is there a 'simple' word for (light) sad in chinese?

I want to express how (lightly) sad something is e.g. it's sad that children do not go out to play anymore. it's sad she couldn't make it to my birthday party. but all the translations for sad are ...
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Confusing structure in 这一个是要给李芳的

这一个是要给李芳的。 I understand by the context that it is referring to a gift(礼物)for 李芳. And the sentence is translated like "this one is for 李芳." But why is 要 in the sentence? Cause if it has the ...
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How can I write the Chinese colon ":" on Win10 keyboard?

I couldn't any information on this question whatsoever and I tried every thinkable combination of keys... Please can someone help? It gets a little annoying when I have to write Chinese texts that I ...
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Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'?

Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'? Is there any difference and if so what are they?
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Are 赢 and 蠃 somwhow related?

Does anyone knows how/if the wasp character 蠃 is related to win 赢 character? Online searches came up empty.
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Is there any difference between 见到 and 见着?

Person 1 says: 我不想再见到你 Person 2 says: 谁想再见着你 Why does Person 1 use the word 见到 and Person 2 use the word 见着? Is there any different meaning between using 见到 and 见着 in this context?
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该讲不该讲 vs. 当讲不当讲

有句话不知该讲不该讲。 In 古代 dramas they used it quite a bit. But I have also heard the 当讲不当讲 version. It has always been in a situation where a lower ranking personnel was addressing a higher. Are there any ...
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Are these sentences interchangeable?

一。这个布丁很美味真的。 二。这个布丁真的很美味。 Are they both correct and intechangeable?
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

I am confused by the use of 上下 in the sentence: 这套房子是上下两层的,楼下是客厅,楼上有三个房间。 This house has two floors, the living room is downstairs, and there are three rooms upstairs. I understand 上下 as up and down,...
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What is the zhuyin for the onomatopoei bia1

Seeing that my existing code to map pinyin to zhuyin has no mapping for biā .. ao: "ㄠ", ba: "ㄅㄚ", bai: "ㄅㄞ", ban: "ㄅㄢ", bang: "ㄅㄤ", bao: "ㄅㄠ"...
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translating different negations ( 没,无,非,未.) in a single sentence

I am a little bit at loss with the following sentence as it uses four different negations: "朴世堂沒有說無用於日常之說非古之道,也未說因此而不需要它,但是他指出,程子之說未能明示性的本質". I am not sure how to translate them into English ...
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How do I order the adjectives for describing hair?

I have found multiple posts that state that adjectival order in Chinese can be challenging. I understand that I can say 我有棕色的短发 for I have short, brown hair but I'm struggling to find any resources to ...
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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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Why is 有 used in 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学?

I was studing how to say school subjects in mandarin and I saw this sentence: 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学 (My favorite school subjects are art, chinese and chemistry) Why the use of 有 in this sentecence? Could I ...
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Is writing characters top-to-bottom and then left-to-right acceptable?

I know 草莓西瓜果泥 reads STRAWBERRY WATERMELON PUREE Would this be acceptable too? 草 西 果 莓 瓜 泥
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Tonal evolution of 俘?

Looking at the character『俘』 In Soutwestern Mandarin it takes 阴平: 《现代汉语方言音库 • 成都话音档》 俘 fu⁵⁵ In Cantonese it looks to also take 阴平: (Jyutping): fu1 Hokkien, also, maybe 阴平: /hu⁴⁴/. I'm seeing ...
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Which question is grammatical? 只有丽丽买了什么?or 什么只有丽丽买了?

I am trying to understand questions that require you to move the question word to the front of the sentence. So I learnt that 只有丽丽买了什么书?is wrong, I have to say 什么书只有丽丽买了? What I would like to ask is ...
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Does 来 mean "bring"?

In the sentence "来一瓶啤酒", what does the word "来" mean? I guess, it means "to bring". But I couldn't find this meaning for the word "来" in the MDBG dictionary.
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Why do people say “你死了这条心吧” instead of “这颗心”?

I thought the classifier of "心" is always "颗" or "个"? But why here is more common to use "条"?
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Is this a proper way of using 虽然?

因为锻炼也是我的兴趣,我可以用你的录像学汉语。虽然我还在汉语水平考试级3 Or does 虽然 always need a 但是/可是?And is the structure of the sentence alright, or does it sound too novice?
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Is 易牙 really a compliment?

I have only ever known 易牙 is connection to cooking up his own child. 《汉语大词典》 人名。又称 狄牙 、 雍巫 。 春秋 时 齐桓公 宠臣, 长于调味, 善逢迎, 传说曾烹其子为羹以献 桓公 。见《左传·僖公十七年》、《战国策·魏策二》、《史记·齐太公世家》。后多以指善烹调者。 Hanyu Da Cidian, ...
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Word order in a question such as "who was the person who bought the cup"?

I passed HSK 1 as a self-learner (using the official coursebook) but there were a few grammar points I could not find in the book (and did not know). I do not know the official name of this grammar so ...
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Creation of Chinese characters throughout history?

The Shuowen Jiezi, compiled around 100 AD, contain entries for some 10,000 Chinese characters. The Kangxi Dictionary, compiled almost two millennia later, contain over 47,000 characters. Of the ...
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說苑 Chapter 16, 小人以耳目導心

Chapter 16 of 說苑 contains the following: 聖人以心導耳目,小人以耳目導心。 The literal meaning is quite obvious. But I'm not sure what the author is trying to convey. In particular, what's wrong with letting your ...

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