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In my maths textbook, what is 和 doing in the question 两次所得的和相同吗?

In Maths terms, 和 as in '总和'(n) means 'sum' 两次所得的和相同吗 Are the sums from the two calculations the same? e.g. 2 + 2 = 4 --> 二加二的得数(count)是四 ; 二加二的和(sum)是四
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Why is there a 零 in 三年零九个月?

Why is there a 零 in 三年零九个月? Based on my comments, 零 is a stand-in for in-between units that are empty. 三元零五角 can be shortened to 三元五角 because there's no unit in-between 元 and 角, It is also true for ...
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Difference in meaning: 多了 vs 极了

极 means "extreme", such as 北极(north pole), 南极(south pole), 极端(extreme - nothing if not). 多 means "much", "more", "many", "numerous",.... 极了 - 好极了(...
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Does Chinese have 单词 ("words")?

我觉得“单词”一词并非一个常见的汉语表述,我们一般使用“词”,“词语”,“成语”这些比较常见的表述,“单词”这种表述多见于外语学习资料,用于区分于“合成词”,和“单词”搭配最为常见的表述是“背单词”。 如果我询问同事“那个表达某某意思的单词是什么来着?” 那么他回答我肯定是某个英文单词而非汉语词汇。 对于你所看到的视频中对于“单词”一词的运用,多少是类比于中国的英语考试中“单词”的定义和使用场合。 ...
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Difference in meaning: 多了 vs 极了

“极了” is like "extremely", and usually used when you would state your opinion. For example, you try on a new tux, and others said: You look fantastic in this tux = 你穿西装的样子真是棒极了 “多了” its ...
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向 vs 对 to express the coverb 'towards'

Both cannot be used in this way. As a native speaker, it reads wrong to me and is obscure who's afraid of whom. That novel website is not a good source. 害怕 can be an adjective or a verb. As a verb, it ...
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

Sometimes we want to be specific, either to disambiguate or add emphasis on the topic 上下两层 - upper and lower floor (两层 can be two floors in one building or two buildings) 左右兩手 - right and left hand (...
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Can 呻吟 ("moan") be used to describe sounds resulting from pleasure?

Normally, no. 《现代汉语词典》: 指人因痛苦而发出声音 《重編國語辭典修訂本》: 因病痛或哀傷所發出的聲音 So this word literally means making sounds because of pain. Nonetheless, all words can be used in rhetorical ways, so some people may ...
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Is it acceptable to teach 看书 as a generic verb "To read"?

1, Does 他在阅读 sound very formal? Yes. 2, Can you say 他在看书 when he is reading a newspaper or a post on StackExchange? No. 3, If he is holding a physical printed matter (newspaper, magazine, etc.), one ...
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Can 同学 really be used as a separable verb?

To say "no" is rather prescriptive. The phrase "同过 X 年学" or simply "同过学" is not so uncommon in real life. Pro-tip for advanced learners of Chinese: nouns can sometimes be ...
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Does Chinese have 单词 ("words")?

Other answers have mentioned that we don't use 单词 for Chinese. Here I'm offering my opinion why it's the case. Linguistically, 字 (character, glyph) and 词 (word) are totally different concepts. 字 is in ...
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What is the difference between using "去 + place," versus using "要去 + place"?

我们去森林里探险。 We go on an adventure in the jungle. We are going on an adventure in the jungle. We went on an adventure in the jungle. We will go on an adventure in the jungle. The tense is not obvious in ...
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In my maths textbook, what is 和 doing in the question 两次所得的和相同吗?

和 is a mathematical term "sum". 差 is also a mathematical term "difference".
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Is it acceptable to teach 看书 as a generic verb "To read"?

If you were to ask this question a few decades ago, I would have given you an unmistakable "yes" because then, pretty much everything you "read" is a book, or a book-like object. ...
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Why is there a 零 in 三年零九个月?

零 doesn't stand for "zero", it's just a connection between a whole part and some smaller parts to make it pronounce more comfortably. For example, when it comes to ¥3.5, it's both proper to ...
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Does Chinese have 单词 ("words")?

My understanding: 单字 (character) in Chinese are single characters. e.g. 风(wind)、土(soil)、 人(people)、情 (feeling) 单词 (word) in Chinese are words made up of two characters e.g. 风情 (style)、人情 (favor) 土人 (...
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Can “懂” be used (as a verb) before a place name?

了解 will be more appropriate for the sense of know the place very well For example, 我懂數學 will be a different sense. 我懂數學 means I am good at mathematics an example: 他們認為我能勝任,因為我懂數學 If Octopodes is ...
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Can “懂” be used (as a verb) before a place name?

”我懂四川“ - I understand Sichuan, is an objectionable claim without followed by a specific subject such as 四川話, or 四川人. Otherwise, it equates to saying "I understand New York, which is a pointless ...
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

You are right that "上下" is redundant in this case. However, you might come across this expression fairly frequently. Because most apartments or houses in China are not duplex. "上下" ...
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Does this phrase 斩草除根 exist in dramas only?

斬草除根 means killing a person and all his descendants so there is no chance for a revenge. Did it actually happen? Yes. It did happen and it's not the worst. 誅三族 means killing all of one's relatives of ...
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What is the difference between 暍 and 热?

字典显示的意思: 暍 yē meaning: (1) 中暑 [suffer heatstroke] (2) 暑热;热 [heat]【hot】 暍有热的意思,但这是一个很不常用的字,而“热”是很常用的字。平时当温度比较高的时候,人们会说“天气很热”“我很热”等。
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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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What does 兮兮 mean?

兮兮 can be used as an emphatic particle after adjectives(normally negative ones) to denote sympathy or contempt. Some examples: 惨兮兮 穷兮兮 累兮兮 As a native Chinese, I do not use 兮兮 often. Hope this can ...
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Does Chinese have 单词 ("words")?

I want to add to some of the excellent answers already given and don't have space to say everything within a Comment. The term "word" in English seems to have a clear meaning, but actually ...
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What does 行文至此 mean in 行文至此,北京市职业介绍部门传来令人欣喜的消息……?

行文至此: At the time of writing, Thus far, 行文:Probably a reference to: 行笔xíng bǐ 中国书法的用笔方法, A Chinese calligraphy style of using the brush, 指笔锋在纸上的运转动作, refers to the way of moving the tip of the brush ...
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Can “懂” be used (as a verb) before a place name?

我懂四川 = "I understand/know Sichuan". It is a valid sentence. It means "我了(瞭)解四川(這地方)" You feel this sentence sounds unnatural because the term "understand" in Chinese ...
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Can “懂” be used (as a verb) before a place name?

As a Chinese, I think we often use sentences like "我了解四川" instead. "我懂四川" often appears in literature, with the effect of personification, just like SiChuan is a person and I ...
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What is the difference between using "去 + place," versus using "要去 + place"?

It is never a good idea to take a single sentence out of its context. In context, everything becomes clear. If you use 要, you want to go, but that doesn't mean you will or can go. 妈妈,我们去森林里探险。 Mum, we'...
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向 vs 对 to express the coverb 'towards'

As the other answer said, 害怕 can't be used the way you put it. It's usually used as a transitive verb. E.g. 我害怕他,他害怕你,etc. Or 使 xxx (感到)害怕. 向 or 对 is used with intransitive verbs such as 说, 笑, 哭, etc. ...
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Quotation Marks ("") and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

“” and 「」 These two marks are used for quoting. Under normal circumstances, “” is used in modern Chinese (Mandarin/Putonghua/simplified Chinese), mostly used in written language in mainland China. ...
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