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Are 我听不清你说了的 and 我听不见你说了的 both correct?

听不见 and 听不清 mean different things. 听不见 = can't hear/ didn't hear (didn't know you spoke) 听不清 = can't clearly hear (unsure what you are saying) Use '听不见你说的話' [didn't hear the words you said] or '...
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Is it okay to ask 你的电话号码是什么?

I'd say all of your sentences are used in practice within the mainland. These are all correct expressions: 你的电话号码是什么? 你的电话号码是多少? 你的电话是多少? Colloquially, we even brief it like 你电话多少? or 电话多少? ...
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What does the pun "以前没钱买华为” mean?

以前没钱 买华为 I had no money before, so I bought Huawei (It shows Huawei was cheap 现在 没钱买华为 Now I have no money to buy Huawei (It shows Huawei is expensive)
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What does this paragraph of 史记 mean?

the quoted text is from 史記・大宛列傳 https://archive.org/details/06082062.cn/page/n150/mode/2up 而天子好宛馬・使者相望於道・諸使外國一輩大者數百・少者百餘人・人所齎操大放博望侯時・其後益習而衰少焉・漢率一歲中使多者十餘・少者五六輩・遠者八九歲・近者數歲而反 roughly: 而天子好宛馬 and the ...
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Which one is correct to say "Hello everyone": 大家好 or 你好大家?

While 大家 does mean 'everyone', it functions like the 2nd person plural pronoun ('you all') here. In *你好大家, there are two problems: With 你 always being the 2nd person singular pronoun, the plurality ...
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Can I take this sign(一) out of these words 一丝不苟 and "不屑一顾 or no?

These are both idioms (成语) with fixed structures, so deleting the 一 (yī) = "one" would change the meaning, and make it nonsensical. This also holds for Chinese words such as 一起 and 第一. 一丝不苟 ...
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Which one is correct `是不是你想离开` or `你是不是想离开`?

Both 是不是你想离开 and 你是不是想离开 are correct and can mean the same. However, it's worth to mention that in 是不是你想离开, when you put a tone emphasis on 你 like 是不是'你'想离开, it would mean Is it you that want to leave,...
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What does "你是去呢还是去呢“ mean?

It's kind of a joke. There could be a few reasons: The girl thought her friend really want to go to the cinema but perhaps he was not willing to admit the fact he was really wanting to (especially ...
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Are 我听不清你说了的 and 我听不见你说了的 both correct?

Try 我没听见你说的 or 你说的我没听见. Other alternatives: 你说的话我没听见 or 没听见你说的是什么. 什么 can also work as a pronoun here. 我没听清你说什么 is I didn't hear clearly what you said. 说了的 is not a correct phrase.
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Which one is correct `是不是你想离开` or `你是不是想离开`?

[是不是] [想离开] = [do] (subject omitted) [want to leave?] [是不是你] [想离开?] = [Is it you who] [want to leave?] [是不是] [你想离开?] = [Is it] [you want to leave?] [你是不是] [想离开?] = [Do you] [want to leave?] To add ...
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How does work ergative structure and how often is it used?

Ergative constructions (作格结构) is one name for a phenomenon where the one subject argument in the intransitive version of the construction is the same as the direct object of the transitive version. ...
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Help understanding 有病不怕,只怕有病说没病,不肯让大夫治疗。

Haven't read the story for more context, but I would read it like this: 我该说的都说了。 I've said all I can say. 有病不怕, Don't worry if you get sick, 只怕有病说没病, just worry if you get sick but pretend you are ...
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Which one is correct `是不是你想离开` or `你是不是想离开`?

是不是你想离开 or 你是不是想离开, both of them are correct. You could also say 是不是想離開了你? It's very oral, informal but commonly used by native user.(Taiwan)
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How to ask in Chinese: What do you want to come to talk to me about?

O'Connor sounds Irish: maybe you only speak Gaelic? Perhaps you mean: What do you want to speak to me about? 你想跟我说什么? 你想跟我聊什么?
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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 did not hear clearly what you said." sounds a bit "stiff", English people often use 'catch' for this. When someone says something to you, but you didn't hear clearly, so you don'...
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Using 到底, how could we naturally complete the sentence 虽然这是两棵不同的植物,...?

Try: 虽然这是两棵不同的植物,但我们到底应该怎样来区分呢?// Though these are two different plants, how on earth should we distinguish them?
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How do i know how to use the 为?

I am no grammar expert, but let me attempt an answer based on my level of attainment. I am sure others could do better. This is one of the most commonly occurring and useful word in the Chinese ...
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Does each measure word have a specific way to use?

Quote:- "I'd like to know if there are specific ways to use each measure word or all can be use freely" If I understand the question correctly, my answer is:- (1) there are specific ways to use ...
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What's the correct interpretation for 我只和他打篮球?

It has obscure meanings, and we should relate the sentence with specific occasion to understand it. For example, in this sentence: "我只和他打篮球, 我不和别人打篮球". It can be translated into "I ...
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What's the correct interpretation for 我只和他打篮球?

我只和他打篮球。 I play basketball only with him. or else I don't play at all. 我和他只打篮球。 With him, I (/we) only play basketball, no worry, we don't go to bed together. Let me remind all of you: 只 doesn't me ...
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What is the translation for 以后还得了?

不 = not 得 = able to 了 = end --> be contained 不得了 (can't be contained): desperately serious; disastrous; extremely; exceedingly Example: 乱堆的木材一着火就不得了 = Once the messily piled up timber caught fire,...
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What is the translation for 以后还得了?

L Paker is correct on there is "the sarcasm in the response". Translating the full response into English: Too late now. She shall be taught to program Python before even start learning words,...
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Which one is correct to say "Hello everyone": 大家好 or 你好大家?

大家好 can be found in multiple dictionaries and reference materials. Here is one such example: Adsotrans 大家好 dàjiā hǎo PHRASE OTHR hello everyone 你好大家 does not seem to have been recorded in any ...
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Please help me change these sentences using 不止

不只A,B:not only A but also B 不止A:Not limited to A A不止:A Non-stoppablely Examples 恐怕不止70歲吧?: not limited to 70 years old 不只是騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣: not only motorcyclers but also car drivers 不只她能幹,她兩個姐姐也是: not ...
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How should I understand the sentence structure in 你在这儿写了很多?

Contrary to what you suggested, I find it more natural to think of 很多 as an object in this context, that is, "many (words)." *很多寫了 is ungrammatical. 很 is an adverb meaning "much" ...
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How should I understand the sentence structure in 你在这儿写了很多?

I think a complete sentence should be "你在这儿写了很多廢話", in which 廢話 is the object, and 很多(very much) is the adverb that modifies the verb 写了(wrote). Here, the adverb is followed by the phrase - ...
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Is it more natural to express "0" with a negative form?

Like in most languages, expression of the concept of not having anything in Chinese is most naturally done as a negative, viz 您没有未读消息。 My English voicemail employs "You don't have any unread ...
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Subordination in Chinese

If I extrapolate what you are doing, it actually becomes "unnatural" to me, because the subordinate clause is inserted in front of the noun that is being modified, but after the original verb. Your ...
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How do i know how to use the 为?

There are several usages of 為, I just list part of it. Sometimes, 為 show that things are or are done for object after 為. For example, 他為我留了一塊蛋糕。 in English: He left a piece of cake for me. This ...
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