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### Why 今 and 今天 both mean “today”?

Literally, 今 means "present". 今天 - the present day = today. 今年 - the present year = this year. 今生 - the present life = this life.
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### What does 朱幂 and 黄幂 mean in this ancient illustration of the Pythagorean Theorem?

The Pythagorean theorem(translation is 毕达哥拉斯定理) in ancient Chinese mathematics is called 勾股定理. Typically, the mathematical expression we use to describe the Pythagorean Theorem is a^2 + b^2 = c^2. ...
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### What is the function of 可 here: 他可不敢得罪?

As Enrico Brasil said in his comment, 可 is a common intensifier. 可:表示强调：他可好了。 他可不敢得罪. He absolutely doesn't dare offend. (Maybe he is abnormally afraid of rejection, or maybe he will go back to prison ...
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### Use of 空降兵 in net language

"空降兵" and its related words are mainly used in the Danmaku of video websites. When watching a video, the behavior of dragging the progress bar to skip the video content is called "空降&...
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### Could 三间房子 mean "a house with three rooms" rather than "three houses"?

No, from the text, it is clear that he has built 3 houses(房子) in the town. Otherwise, it shall say "他在镇里盖了一棟(有)三间房间的房子" - He built a 3 rooms house in the town. Edit: After reviewing the ...
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### Could 三间房子 mean "a house with three rooms" rather than "three houses"?

Yes, it must be "a house with 3 rooms". It's the common way to describe a house in the countryside, the most appropriate translation should be 3-room house. Individuals can build houses ...
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### What does 朱幂 and 黄幂 mean in this ancient illustration of the Pythagorean Theorem?

the character is “冪” (u+51aa) 勾股冪合以成弦冪 the picture is generally called “勾股方圓圖”, made by 趙爽; it’s function is to prove the 勾股定理 (pythagorean theorem) by geometry 😸 most likely, there’s accompanied ...
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### What is the difference between 所 and 被 in passive voice?

You have an incorrect idea of 所. It is not used to express passive. Only 被 and 给 can be used to express passive. 书被人偷了 (The book was stolen by someone.) 羊给狼吃了 (The goat was eaten by a wolf.) The ...
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### Can 他给它吃掉 mean both "he ate it" and "it ate him"?

grammatical equivalent of 把 This is a rather uncommon usage of 给. It exists only in some dictionaries. Even so there's not a lot of day-to-day usage. "男人给苹果吃掉" itself sounds rather strange ...
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### Difference between 必须得 and 一定要 in context

I don't know if I clearly understand the meaning of your question. I think for your purpose, a better way to say is that "上这门课你最好准备一杯咖啡"。
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### What did Liu Cixin mean by: In this book, a man named “humanity” confronts a disaster?

In fact, basically no character will ever be called a human, because it's a catch-all. Liu Cixin refers to billions of people collectively as human beings, and writing it that way emphasizes a common ...

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### Difference between 打电话给 and 打电话和?

"打电话[给]朋友" is a complete sentence. It means "make a phone call [to] a friend" (打电话 is the only verb needed). "打电话[和]朋友"(make a phone call [with] a friend) is an ...
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### How to literally translate this: 正当水手们慌张得不知如何是好时， ..., 使劲儿朝里面放水？

Maybe an old tea-clipper. They could sail Hongkong to London in 40 days! 正当：just when 慌张: flustered, agitated 慌张得不知如何是好: flustered (so that) not know what best to do 使劲: with all one's strength 朝：to, ...
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### How does one express "truthfully", like at the beginning of a sentence in chinese?

The disclaimer "事实上" implies the previous statement was not totally true or all the facts 我在學校打了人也沒有被停課， - I hit someone at school and was not suspended. 事实上，我是被趕出校了 - In fact, I was ...
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### How do you understand sentences like 你相信圣诞老人吗？ Do they mean "do you believe Santa Claus?" or "do you believe *in* Santa Claus?"

If no word was omitted "你相信聖誕老人嗎?" means "Do you believe Santa Claus?" (trust him) or "Do you believe in Santa Claus?" (have faith in him) A keyword is omitted here ...
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### What is the function of 可 here: 他可不敢得罪?

This 可 is an adverb used for emphasis (it's a separate definition to the 可 in 可以, 可能, etc.); the Pleco dictionary "GF" gives this definition: 用于一般陈述句，表示强调。 Used in ordinary declarative ...
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### Can 他给它吃掉 mean both "he ate it" and "it ate him"?

I think the answer is yes. When meaning "He ate it", the 给 is equal to 把, while in "It ate him", the 给 is equal to 被. So what the sentense means depends on the context. By the way, ...
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### Uncrowned bodies, and altruistic ideology

1.無冕皇帝 is a nickname for reporters in Hong Kong 2.冠冕 is a symbol of power, 無冕 might mean powerless in this context 无冕的身躯 无冕 could mean one or both below Reporters' bodies (truth seekers' bodies), ...
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### 总 vs. 中 - can someone help me get the whole picture? Possible Typo?

This isn't a typo. 「總」 here means surely / certainly 「總是」, or should 「應該」. 那他們在假期裏總能休息幾週吧? Choose one of the following: Surely...they will be able to rest for a few weeks in the holidays? They ...
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