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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

There is an important difference when you actually say these two sentences. "你是中国人吗?" means "Are you a Chinese?" Why do I ask that? Because "you" behaves or looks like a Chinese, but I am not quite ...
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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

吗 吗 is pretty much like a question mark (?). 你吃午餐了 -> You had your lunch. 你吃午餐了吗 -> You had your lunch? 你是中国人 -> You are a Chinese. 你是中国人吗 -> Are you a Chinese? 是不是 Google doesn't has a ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence in 没?

"你找到你爸爸了没" It's short for "你找到你爸爸了没有?" or "你找到你爸爸了还是没有找到?". The complete sentence should be "do you find your father, or not?". "没" here is similar as "or not" in English. BTW. The "你" before "爸爸" ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence in 没?

Yes, adding the 没 at the end makes it a question. In this case, it is equivalent to "你找到你爸爸了吗?" Without the 没, it would be "You found your dad". With the 没 makes it "Have you found your dad?". It's ...
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Is it possible to ask a question with just a single noun?

Sure it is, in oral Chinese, you can question someone if they care for tea like 茶? You do not need 吗 as the question marker. When you use this expression, please make sure, first, both you and ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence in 没?

This is typical Southern Chinese. 没 means 没有, and at the end of a sentence, short for 还是没有. 你找到你爸爸了没? = 你找到了你爸爸还是没有? = Have you found your dad, or not? In Northern Chinese, it should be: ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence in 没?

I think it's actually 了没 that works together, instead of the single character 没. 了没 can be interpreted as Have ... yet?. It works in the structure "verb + 了没". For example, 你吃了没(Have you eat yet?),...
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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

你是不是中国人? Please note, sometimes, this style is used in following case, you know he is Chinese, the question you asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an ...
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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

In most instances there won't be a big difference but 吗 is usually a softer tone for a question.
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How do you ask "Will you see your child next Sunday" in Chinese using verb not verb structure?

the second has two verb. 會見and 不見(or maybe the sentence just ignore the conjunction.this is not formal)。 Here is correct grammar 你下个星期天见不见你的孩子 just take 会 away and the sentence will be perfect and ...
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Correcting a false negative answer to a 是不是 question

There shouldn't be much chance of confusion here, because when you respond, you would be using words to indicate correctness, like 對(対)or 錯 instead of 是. So, if they respond to your question with 不是 ...
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Using 多 or 少 to modify a noun

Not always required! A very good question, which I am not qualified to answer, but I will try anyway! 多:many, how many, multi-, multiple 许多: very many I believe, 多 is an indefinite number. 很多 ...
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What is the distinction between "连笔字" and "行书"?

連筆, accurately called continuous lines/strokes in english, is the act of writing without lifting the pen. You could still be writing every single stroke, or writing a shortened version with less ...
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What is the distinction between "连笔字" and "行书"?

连笔字 is a kind of style, whereas 行书 is a font family. some font families (行书、草书 etc.) all have the style of "连笔". If people's handwriting is just scribbled and does not conform to any font ...
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What is the distinction between "连笔字" and "行书"?

连笔字,就是平时用的"行楷/行书"字体,因为笔画呼应、关联很强,写起来就要"连笔",通俗的称谓连笔字。 https://www.163.com/dy/article/FPQ64EJI0534F94V.html
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Difference between 有冇 and 咗 for past tense in Cantonese

well, the cantonese phrase in your course material is slightly . . .“odd” 😼 Did you drink tea? a more natural, colloquial way to say it is: 你飲咗茶未? the “飲茶” here, is referring to the activity of ...
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Difference between 有冇 and 咗 for past tense in Cantonese

有冇 = 有沒有 = have or don't have (does it has) 咗 = 了 (indicate a verb is completed) They do not always indicate past tense Example: 你而家身上有冇錢? - do you have money on your person now? (present) 你尋日有冇飲茶 - ...
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What is the meaning of 没 in 有啥推荐没?

有啥推荐没? (有啥推荐吗?) Are there any suggestions, or not? I would say it's a kind of short-speak for: 关于这个问题,有没有什么推荐吗? Concerning this problem, are there any suggestions?
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When to answer a question with 沒有?

The answer to 你在做飯嗎?is still 是 or 不是 . To answer 有 or 沒有, the question should be 你有做飯嗎? Example: You see your friend washing vegetable, and ask 你在做飯嗎? (are you cooking dinner?) and his answer could ...
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How do you ask "Will you see your child next Sunday" in Chinese using verb not verb structure?

I feel the main issue is covered in a Yoyo Chinese YouTube video (starting around 1:20); they use the two-verb example: 你会说中文。 你会不会说中文? The Yoyo Chinese video describes this as "focusing on the ...
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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

generally speaking the position of 是不是 in a sentence is not fixed, cf."实用汉语语法":值得注意的是,由"是不是"组成的正反形式可以移动位置,例如:是不是我这孩子平时的举动有点叫人说闲话?(曹愚)->我这孩子是不是平时的举动有点叫人说闲话?->我这孩子平时的举动是不是有点叫人说闲话?->我这孩子平时的举动有点叫人说闲话,是不是? ...
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Is it possible to ask a question with just a single noun?

In this case, I probably brief it as: 要茶吗?; 喝茶吗?; 来点茶? These phrase are more clear in the context.
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