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Do 自 and 起 work together here?
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Yes, your understanding is right. 「自...起」 can be used for a point in time as well as in location. For example, 「自第二层起,所有楼层都是住宅」 meaning that “from the second floor, all floors are residential”.

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What does 玄机 mean?
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I think this talking is in such a situation: 1. The chengyu 知难而上 is used in a sentence. 2. Your friend said that 你没看出来这里面的玄机 and he explained that 知难而上 can be understood as 知男而上. The mystery (玄机) ...

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自习 vs 自学: what's the difference?
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自 means by oneself. 学 usually means to learn something new. 习 usually means to review something which has been learned.

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Alternatives to say "顾名思义"
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「顾名思义」可以很好描述这种情况。由「阶乘」的名字可以推断其含义。「顾名思义」不等同于「从字面上理解」。「顾名思义」通常意味着这个名字取得好,很简洁,能准确的反应其意义。如果一个名字很长,例如中华人民共和国中央政府,一般不能使用「顾名思义」这个词,但是可以使用「逐字理解」。「顾名思义」通常还要求对名字的理解/推断是正确的,与它类似的一个词「望文生义」也表示从字面推断其含义,但是对应的推断是错误的。 ...

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Is there a list of simplified Chinese radicals?
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Here is a list of Chinese radicals, including both simplified and traditional versions. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Index:Chinese_radical

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