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Neutral tone and erhua (儿化) working as a word distinguisher

Are there any erhua-ed words that has a different meaning from the not "erhualess" word? Yes, many, categorized as follows: Nominalization (convert to noun), e.g. 盖 (to cover) -> 盖儿 (lid), 尖 (pointy)...
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Chinese views on Erhua

Disagree on FortCpp's answer. Surely Beijing dialect is not putonghua, none dialect is considered as putonghua if you put it this way. I'd say Beijing dialect is very close(if not the most) to ...
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Neutral tone and erhua (儿化) working as a word distinguisher

Does the Beijing-R mean anything? I happened to have lunch the other day with some university students, a couple of Guangdongers and a Shanghainese, in one of those Rolex-Louis Vuitton malls that ...
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Looking for official specification of Putonghua in English

普通话测试 儿化音: this link shows you a collection of erhua vocabulary useful for Putonghua test. 普通话常见儿化字认3: this link allows you to know what these erhua sound like
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Chinese views on Erhua

It is different from place to place, and there is no standard. Normally, it won't appear in official announcements, laws, scientific publications, etc. But it is widely used in daily life. For native ...
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Implied erhua in writing?

There is such text in the 凡例 section in 《现代汉语词典》: 书面上有时儿化有时不儿化,口语里必须儿化的词,自成条目,如【今儿】、【小孩儿】。书面上一般不儿化,但是口语里一般儿化的,在释义前面加‘(~儿)’,如【米粒】条。…… The text shows how 儿化 is shown in the entries and explanation. ...
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Is it incorrect to use 儿化 (érhuà) inside a word, e.g., 门儿口, and 小孩儿子 and 玩儿具?

One of the most common words in Chinese has er-hua right smack dab in the middle of it: 嗝儿屁. I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said, but I want to show you a neat little trick using ...
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How is 儿化 represented in other romanization systems like Wade-Giles, Zhuyin Fuhao, etc.?

Specifically for Zhuyin Fuhao they add "ㄦ" as an erhua marker after the Zhuyin tone mark of the erhua-ized syllable e.g. 电影儿 is transcribed "ㄉㄧㄢˋㄧㄥˇㄦ". Usually this ㄦ is added with no tone mark (...
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Chinese views on Erhua

I would like to add that there are some words in which 儿化 (erhua) optional and other words in which it is necessary. For example, earlier today I heard a Chinese person tell his friend that he had to ...
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How should I understand the pronunciation of 驾驶证 (jiàshǐ zhèng) as 酱汁儿 (jiàng zhī er)?

The article is exaggerating the sound change for humorous effect. 驾驶 would easily get elided into something like jiàr in fast speech, but it would never become nasalized to jiàng. 证 would indeed ...
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What's the difference in pronunciation between kuàir and kuàr?

They have the same pronunciation. The wiki page on Erhua lists the IPA of both finals ("uar" and "uair") to be [wɐʵ]
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Chinese views on Erhua

Most native Chinese will resort "儿" sound to Beijing dialect. The tail sound "儿" didn't add any additional meaning to the meaning in most cases. With or without a "儿" only differs in the slight ...
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Chinese views on Erhua

Beijng dialect is not putonghua at all. As a northern people, I don't like Beijing dialect personally. To me it just sounds too soft and one of the reason that I believe is erhua. Formally, in ...
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Erhua and reduplication

In spoken language, northerners do say 一点点儿 or 一点儿点儿 sometimes, but not all the time, it depends on the situation. It is not wrong to say those words with erhua. However, I don't encourage Chinese ...
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Understanding how to pronounce the “er” at end of words

First off, Forvo actually has a recording of 小偷儿 that you can go and listen to. There are two kinds of erhua that you'll come across. One I like to call an integrated erhua, in the South this is the ...
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Implied erhua in writing?

"嗝屁" sounds like Beijing dialect. It isn't in my Mandarin Chinese dictionary("Modern Chinese Dictionary"). I'm going to just talk about normal situations: in Mandarin Chinese. &...
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Implied erhua in writing?

儿化音 is frequently unwritten, given that it has no effect on meaning in almost all circumstances (rare exceptions like 水 water vs 水儿 ink notwithstanding). You could even argue that knowing where to ...
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Erhua and reduplication

I grew up in northern China. 一点儿点儿 sounds a lot more common than 一点点儿. Well at least in my hometown(Zhengzhou, Henan). When you say 点 without er it sounds more like a verb. And if you say 点儿, it ...
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