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In 林业、农业、草原、海洋、资源、环境等行业, what industries does 草原 (“grassland”) and 海洋 (“ocean”) refer to, and why not use 农业 (“agriculture”) and 渔业 (“fishing”)?

“一箭九星”包含B站视频星 记者了解到,本次发射的“吉林一号”高分03-1组卫星由长光卫星有限公司自主研发,包括3颗高分03C视频星和6颗高分03B推扫星,视频星中包括将用于科普的哔哩哔哩视频卫星。该组卫星将与在轨的“吉林一号”卫星组网,为林业、农业、草原、海洋、资源、环境等行业用户提供更加丰富的遥感数据和产品服务。 海上飞天!一箭九星!我国首次海上商业化应用发射成功!,2020年09月15日 ...
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What does 小时级发射 refer to in 该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点?

“快响利箭”海上飞天 长征十一号火箭是一枚四级固体运载火箭,全长约20.8米,最大箭体直径2米,总质量约58吨,主要用于发射近地轨道和太阳同步轨道有效载荷,该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点,被誉为我国长征系列运载火箭家族中的“快响利箭”。 海上飞天!一箭九星!我国首次海上商业化应用发射成功!,2020年09月15日 In the above I'm unsure what ...
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What does this 我却为你万千感慨 mean?

I do know the meaning of each word in the following sentence. 我却为你万千感慨 But I still cannot understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Google translates it as. I feel so emotional for you I doubt ...
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Who/what/when + V + 不好 meaning “could V any time/thing/one”

A few examples in a video about 偏偏 (time links to examples below) use a structure that seems to be "[Question Word] + V + 不好". The meaning seems to be similar to structures like “想吃什么[就吃什么]&...
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What is the meaning of 的 in “有一天你会明白的”?

From Why is 的 used in 你是哪一天出生的 and 我们什么时候开始的 and 前天你什么时候来的这里?, I understand 的 at the end of a sentence describes an event that happened in the past. However, I am not sure whether I understand the ...
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Meaning of this word (Character identified: 緣)

I just bought a couple of tea cups which I think are Japanese in style, but they could be Chinese. There's some writing on the cups that I was unable to translate with Google: Does anyone know if the ...
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Difference between 好点儿了吗 and 好些了吗?

Hi I came across both sentences, in both cases meaning "Is STH any better?". So are they interchangeable and have the same meaning and usage? I thought 些 is only used with countable words, ...
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What does 素弦声断 mean?

I tried to translate this using Google Translate. It is hard to understand what 素弦声断 exactly mean. does 素弦声断 mean: the sound of the broken guitar strings? or does 素弦声断 mean: the guitar breaks its ...
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Why is 指 repeated twice in 他指了指墙上的画?

I found a sentence from a short story which goes: "他指了指墙上的画。“ I know that 指 means to point, by why is it repeated twice in the sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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What's the meaning of 聊起 in 马小姐正在和她的好朋友李太太聊起这个男人的事情

I found a sentence from a story which goes: 这不,马小姐正在和她的好朋友李太太聊起这个男人的事情。 The word that I don't fully understand is “聊起”。 I know that 聊 means to talk and 起 means to rise, but that just doesn't make ...
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meaning of 都 in 从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!

I found a sentence in an article that says, "不知道大家是不是和我一样,从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!" I understand all the meaning of the sentence but can't understand what part 都 plays in the sentence. Any help will ...
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What is the meaning of 没 in 有啥推荐没? [duplicate]

有啥推荐没? What is the meaning of 没 here in this sentence? Can I put 吗 instead of 没 here?
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What does 别间 in 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 means?

I've been sentence mining from Meteor Garden 2001 and I came across the sentence 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 Can someone help me figure out what does '别间‘ means in that sentence? Thanks!
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Can 是 be changed into 的?

I have been playing a farming game these days and I joined a Chinese neighborhood in the game. There’s a chatting room feature that allows members of the neighborhood to chat with one another. I don’t ...
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What does “你穿着袜子呢” insinuate?

On YouTube there is a video entitled Do They Speak English in China?. Start at around ~2:07 there is an exchange that goes: A: 不好意思打扰一下,请问您会说英文吗? B: 你穿着袜子呢 Someone in the comments named My Dream is ...
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What is the difference between 星期日 and 周日? [duplicate]

I know the definition of both of these words are Sunday but in what context are they used?
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Are 我听不清你说了的 and 我听不见你说了的 both correct?

I want to say: I did not hear what you said. Is it 我听不见你说了的 correct? I did not hear clearly what you said. Is it 我听不清你说了的 correct?
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Does 下 in 吃不下饭 convey any meaning?

我们着急得吃不下饭,睡不好觉。 I understand that 好 in 睡不好觉 adds the meaning of "well", so "sleep well" instead of "sleep", but does 下 in 吃不下饭 change anything?
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What is the difference between 晚上 and 夜里?

when I was looking the definition of both of these words. It showed that they both meant night. Does both of these words mean night?
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What is the fundamental difference between 大同世界 and Utopias

I wanted to add '大同世界' as an entry to a Chinese dictionary a group of editors and I are working at. At first, I thought 'Utopias' could be one of its definitions. But I searched 大同世界 on the net and ...
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Can anybody identify these chop markings or calligraphy please (Characters identified: 季康長壽 寧復畫記)

I have been given a scroll not sure if it is chinese or Japanese but I know it is over fifty years old. I am trying to find out more about it such as the artist and what the writing says.
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Differences between “Verb + Adj”, “Adj + Verb”, “Verb + 得 + Adj” and “Adj + 地 + Verb”?

I am having some difficulties understanding the differences in meaning between the following structures (the examples are from Line dictionary): Verb + Adj e.g: 走快了她会累。 Zŏu kuài le tā huì lĕi. ...
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What does the chinese lettering mean on my shirt? [closed]

I bought this shirt and now I'm curious what the Chinese lettering means. i tried to translate, but it is very hard. Can you help me translate?
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What type of meanings/functions can/does 谁 have?

I had learnt some grammar points where 谁 seems to introduce a subordinated phrase (those people who (谁做谁) ... and who would be 谁, now I was wondering what other functions 谁 could have.
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Do “声优” and “配音演员” mean the same thing?

Google Translate gives "voice actors" for "声优" and "配音演员" for "voice actors". Do "声优" and "配音演员" mean the same thing? Who is the most famous ...
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meaning of 從 in 必操几杖以從之

In the following sentence, what does 從 mean? What is the implicit subject of 從之? 謀於長者,必操几杖以從之。 I'd appreciate your help.
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Hokkien name to Mandarin

A friend of mine has a Hokkien name of 'eng leng' (leng is long and means dragon). However, I have no idea of this 'eng'. This name was given by her ancestor who is really passed. So I am helpless ...
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What does 赚走 mean in 赚走93.3亿美元?

I'm having trouble understanding 赚走 in the following snippet: 得益于此,该企业二季度在华收入同比增长了1.9%,赚走93.3亿美元(约合650亿元人民币)。为了进一步扩大在华市场份额,苹果准备“入乡随俗”也不难理解。 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航,2020年08月10日 I'm not ...
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In classical Chinese, does 從 always imply the follower is lower in rank?

When 從 in Classical Chinese means "to follow", literally as in "John followed Peter to the park," does the subject (the follower) necessarily refer to someone who is lower in rank ...
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What does `想要` emphasize exactly?

So far I know 想 means want to e.g I want to know or I want to have. 要 is more like must or need e.g. I need to go or I must go. Is 想要 more like 想得到 / 想有, that you want to get something, you want to ...
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What's the meaning of 預約拘捕(Arrest by Appointment)?

What's the objective of Appointment? Is it kind of Wanted poster?
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Why say 少说两句 to break up a fight?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~25m45s), during an argument the protagonist calls another pregnant woman a 骚货 ("slut") and they start physically fighting. A third woman tries to break them up and ...
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What would be a proper Chinese name for someone meaning “achieving purpose/ambition?”

I'm an American writing a novel in English and I have a Chinese character I want to give a real Chinese name. I'd like his name to mean something along the lines of "will," "purpose,&...
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Do time range constructions as “从~至” and “从~到” have a different meaning without 从?

In the following sentence, the teacher said that, since there is no 从 at the beginning it means that not everyday 我 have exams. If there was a 从 it would mean that 我 would have exams everyday until 六 ...
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Does 愛 belong to 你 or to 我 in this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛?

So far I know the language: 你的愛 = your love 我的愛 = my love Does this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛 mean: In your heart understand me to your love or In your heart understand my love to you?
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In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right), what does 文佳佳 mean when she yells “像话么,你”?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~6m), the protagonist 文佳佳 yells at the driver for being late. She rants: 我是花钱买服务的,我整整坐了12个小时的飞机,我需要休息。你知道吗?小心点,这箱子很贵啊!你赔不起,我告诉你。我告诉你 我要投诉你们,你看别人都拿着个牌子举着等人。早早地就来了,你倒好,恨不得。干脆这样吧。...
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What's the meaning of 戒 in 戒指?

On a lighter note: Does 戒 in 戒指 mean: you can stop using your finger now you are married? With this ring I thee wed.
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Why is 再 used in 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧?

I found this sentence in a book: 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧。 I don't understand why I have to write 再 inside this sentence. What is the use of 再 in the sentence and what does it do to complete the meaning of ...
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What's the meaning of Haiya in chinese?

My chinese friends often say, Haiya followed by something. It's usually done in correcting a person. It's like, Haiya, don't do this lah, you should do that instead. What does Haiya mean? https://www....
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How do I break apart 电子纸是利用电泳显示技术原理发明而成的?

I'm struggling to understand how the part in bold breaks apart: 电子纸是利用电泳显示技术原理发明而成的,之所以也被称为“纸”,是因为它可以最大限度地模拟传统纸张的功能。 HSK6 past exam; also Coursera HSK6 course, week 7, lesson 3 Breaking it apart ...
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What is the difference between 租, 租用, 租出, and 租赁, all meaning “to rent”?

租 租用 租出 租赁 DIFFERENCE How to really say rent or hire in Chinese? The other day I found a sentence with 租用 I have not seen before; I always found 租出 or 租 instead. What is the difference between them?...
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How do Chinese people feel about the term 非中国人 to express non-Chinese people?

I have found myself using the word 非中国人 to express what Chinese people would call 外国人 or 老外. How do Chinese people feel about this word ? Just to confirm I am using it with Chinese people. Here are ...
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How to understand “你怎么了?”

I understand 怎么 generally means "how". However, I came across the following translated example: 你怎么了? 说话声音这么小! Nǐ zěnme le ? Shuōhuà shēnɡyīn zhème xiǎo! What happened to you? You are ...
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Does 少数民族 exclusively refer to the 55 Chinese ethnic minorities?

The term 少数民族 is typically used to describe the 55 (non-Han) Chinese ethnic minorities, as in the illustration below: (Image source; click image to enlarge.) I'm not sure if 少数民族 can only refer to ...
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How did the hedgehog come to mean gather?

词汇 means vocabulary or words and phrases. In traditional characters (I noticed today) that would be: 詞彙 and 彙 is a word for hedgehog (刺猬)。(詞彙: word hedgehog) Did the ancient Chinese gather hedgehogs? ...
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What's the meaning of 龙舟队分哪个两个组?

What is the meaning of this sentence? 龙舟队分哪个两个组? Moreover, is 分组 a separable verb 离合动词, or is it a verb and a noun? I haven't found grammar references that explain the verb in question. I'm confused ...
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What are the repeatedly used structures in 4-character expressions (e.g. chengyu) and what do they mean?

In today's reading, I encountered the expression 敬而远之. However, I noticed this x而y之 structure is repeated in many other 4-character expressions (Pleco search ?而?之): 敬而远之 大而化之 等而下之 分而治之 换而言之 久而久之 取而代之 ...
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「公然站到占世界五分之一人口的中国人民的对立面」里的「站到占」是什么意思?

我今天看的文章讨论美国最新泄露的消息和中方发言人华春莹的反应。据报道,美国政府正在考虑禁止共产党员和家人入境美国。不过下面的「站到占」我完全不了解。 华春莹称,现在美国官方还没有人出来澄清这是不是fake news(假新闻),但是如果这个报道属实,那么美方无疑是公然地选择与十四亿中国人民作对,公然站到占世界五分之一人口的中国人民的对立面。这是完全违背中美两国人民的意愿和二十一世纪的潮流的。 ...
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Difference between “believe” 认为 and 相信?

This question is related to: Is there any difference between 想, 觉得 and 以为? What are the difference between e.g. 想, 觉得 and 认为 when expressing opinion? In there, they mentioned both 认为 rènwèi and 相信 ...
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「批烂斗臭」这个四字词语,除了「批评」强调什么?

为了练习阅读,我有时候看小报新闻因为内容比较简单。在下面关于“逆向种族主义”的文章中我遇到了一个四字词语:「批烂斗臭」。 当然,并不是所有西方人都认同这场文化层面的“革命”。很多保守派的白人就认为这场“革命”是偏激和粗暴的,是在通过树立种种“政治正确”的言论牢笼,逼迫人们去接受“革命者”的观念。而倘若拒不服从,就遭到网络暴力的攻击,被“批烂斗臭”,甚至会失去工作和前途。 美国白人终于喊出这个词,...

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