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When expressing locations, I don't think there is a difference between 哪儿 and 哪里. Both of them mean(to express locations), where, (in, at)what place (in, at)every place, everywhere Your examples show the first meaning. I would like to write a sentence to show the second meaning. 他在哪儿都很出色。 他在哪里都很出色。 He is outstanding everywhere. However, ...


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As a native speaker, I have noticed such a phenomenon for many years, but I have never thought of the logic or reasons behind it. Perhaps we should not (or even could not) go too far on this topic. This topic is academic, I believe. You would find many papers on this topic when you search on the internet (I use the key word: "汉语 形容词 谓语"). After reading some ...


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Yes, it is acceptable. For example, 只要有人在说话,就不要插嘴。 As long as someone is talking, do not intervene. 只要下雨,我们就不去了。 As long as it rains, we will not go. 只要客户不满意,我们就不会停止服务。 If customers are not satisfied, we will not stop the service.


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In Simplified Chinese, 只 is polyphonic. In the sentence, 只 means only, pronounced zhǐ. The meaning you cited corresponds to another pronunciation, zhī, of the character.


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点 or 一点 means some or a bit. Just like we often use 很 (very) before adjectives and 些 (some) before nouns, we often need 点 just to make the sentence grammatical. If you omit 点 saying 玩得开心, it sounds like a declarative sentence, rather than an imperative one. Similarly, we say 快点 hurry up 小心点 be careful 慢点 take it easy 点 somehow functions like a sentence ...


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In Chinese you can also say "他会很诚恳地向你道歉" in this way: "他会向你很诚恳地道歉" Then the order of coverb and adverb is the same as the sentence "父母应该把事情好好地告诉孩子." Example: the following 2 sentences have the same meaning coverb first, adverb after: 医生*对他*仔细地检查 adverb first, coverb after: 医生仔细地*对他*检查


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“一边。。。一边。。。” is a very useful structure. It can also be simplified as “边。。。边。。。” For example, 他一边吃饭一边看书。她边走边唱。


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Sure. You can even repeat it more times (非常非常非常) if you want... Like the English usage ("really, really") it isn't something you'd put in formal writings, but its certainly common enough in dialogue or advertisement or blogs/internet posts, etc.


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In this sentence 也 should not be understood individually.In Chinese 宁愿...也... is a coordinating conjunction. It means a choose relationship. You choose the option behind 宁愿 and you give up the option behind 也. I think it seems like rather...than... in English.宁愿冻死也不穿 may be translated to rather be dead than be wearing the long underwear. More examples about ...


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I was the one who originally made the statement "all adjectives in Chinese can function as verbs". While I thought this was generally true, I took a look in Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington to verify. The book indicates that adjectives can generally be used in both attributive and predicative senses (i.e., adjective-like ...


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好 is more describing the feeling of your heart. 我做了那麼多,都沒用。我好累。 I did so much. But nothing is useful. I feel really tired. 很 is just describing you're physically tired. 我跑了10公里。我很累了。 I've run for 10km. I'm very tired. In most cases, 『好』 is more than 『很』. Just like the example above.


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Good question. 不满 is a single word. It means unhappy or unsatisfied. It cannot be separated into 不 + 十分 + 满. It's like you can't say "un-very-happy". 不满意 is a phrase, 不 + 满意 = not satisfied. It can be modified by 十分: 不 + 十分 + 满意。


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"只有20-30万只蜜蜂" is a valid sentence in simplified Chinese. You just have to read the two 只 differently, because they have different meanings. The first "只" in the sentence means "only" in both simplified and traditional Chinese and it is read as /zhi3/. (It can also be written as "祇" in traditional Chinese) The second "只" in the sentence, is the simplified ...


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For your question, 好无聊 is almost the same intention as 很无聊。 However, they are sightly different in expressing emotions. 好无聊 is a slight complaint with a potential effort of trying to make the situation less boring. 很无聊 is just a plain statement.


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Well, as a native speaker, I would say there is no rigid rule for the usage under consideration. Both sentences precisely express what you would like to express. So yes, they are identical in meaning.


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In southern China (at least in the 浙江/江苏/上海 area I've been in), 好 is a perfectly acceptable substitute for 很 in almost all circumstances. For example: 你的脸好红哦! 他好坏。 我好喜欢你。 There isn't really a semantic difference, except that 好 is more informal. Also, there are a few circumstances where it would be confusing to use 好 instead of 很.


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好 may be used with the meaning of 很. The difference is that it's more colloquial. Source: myself =P


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A lot of people are trying to explain 就 vs 才 with english equivalent terms, but that makes it very confusing when it can be explained with simple logic statements, and it is crucial to understand the reasoning behind all these cases: X就Y -> Y if X X才Y -> Y if and only if X The difference is that when using 就, X is not the only condition that Y can ...


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If asked 你会说汉语吗? On the positive side, you can say: 会一点。 or 我会一点。 or 我会说一点。 or 我会说一点汉语。 They are the same meaning. On the negative side, you can say: (我)一点也不会。 These mean you know nothing.


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Basic SVO form: "我开车" (I drive) = [我(s)+ 开(v) + 车(o)] or [我(s)+开车(v)] Add description of the duration : [我开(半天)车] = [I drive (half a day)] Add verb particle '了' to indicate the verb is completed : [我开(了)半天车] = [I (have driven) half a day] repeat the verb 'drive' to emphasize it : [(我)(开车)(开)(半天)] = [(I) (drive), (drive) (half a day)] Add verb particle '了' ...


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grammar topic:complements of duration with object, raised at this site several times (still searching locations),anyhow here is an excerpt from Yufa! A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar 13 The complement of duration (b) The verb-repetition pattern The verb-repetition pattern is: verb + object + verb + complement. When the verb has an object, the ...


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Yes, you can say "非常非常" to emphasize how much you think of something. It is an informal usage, so of course it is ok to be in an informal context like in a diary, not in a formal paper.


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A: 他静静地躺在草地上。 This is a valid sentence grammatically. The sentence structure is: Subject + Adverb of manner + Verb Phrase. Please note: 躺在草地上 is a whole piece in terms of sentence structure. Yes, it contains two parts: verb 躺 and location complement 在草地上, but these 2 parts are at the 2nd level, different from 他 or 静静地 as they are at the 1st level. That ...


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I would say both sentences mean the same thing, which in English is "he lies on the grass quietly." However, the slight difference is the emphasis. Since we only need to abide by the S + V + O structure rules in Chinese sentences, so an adverb can literally be anywhere in the sentence. In Chinese, the earlier you put a word in the sentence order, the more ...


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Strictly, they are not all the same. The second one sounds some more poetic in Chinese. But in daily life, you will say the first one to express the meaning,"he lies on the grass quietly", the second one may make you seems sort of strange.


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He have 3 apples, I just 1. 他有3个苹果,但我“才”1个。 他有3个苹果,但我“只有”1个。 “才” more strongly than “只”,“才”1个 means that you hope you can get more apples. “只有”1个 just says you have one, no other meaning.


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只 is equivalent to "only", a small amount. You would use it to say something like "I have only five bucks", "he's only two years old". 才 is used if you have to have a minimum amount. Examples: "you must be this tall (or taller) to ride", "you have to wait three minutes (or longer)".


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很 is NOT similar to 真. 很 is used before adj or adv to form a compounded adj or adv phrase, 很 is at the phrase level (inner level). But 真 modifies the whole predicate (ourter level). We can say: 中国的风景不错。 中国的风景很不错。 很 modifies 不错. 中国的风景真(的)不错. 真 modifies the whole predicate (不错). 中国的风景真(的)很不错. 真 modifies the whole predicate (很不错). But we ...


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Both sentences are correct, and they are the same. I would say the slight difference between them is that first sentence more colloquial than second one. they are in English should be: TV said ... TV show/display ...


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他十分不满 He is very unsatisfied. 他不十分满 He is not very ...full? The problem is the usage of 满. 不满=unsatisfied 满意=satisfied But only 满 usually means full/completed/filled so 他不十分满 is wrong, how could a man get filled? (perhaps beer?) 他不十分满意 is OK, meaning He is not very satisfied


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