Alex D
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How to properly use 掉?
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When 掉 is used as a verb complement (not a verb), it indicates that something disappears, is removed, is disposed of, etc. as the result of an action. Not really "falling" or "missing". Some examples:...

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What is the difference between 通常,经常,and 常常?
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常常 simply means "often", and is not very formal. You wouldn't find it in legal documents and such. 经常 means "frequently" or "regularly". It's not just conveying the frequency of something, but also ...

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Is 再过[时间] the most common way of expressing "in [amount of time], something will happen"?
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Even without 再, it still means "in [amount of time]." For example, "过几天" means "after a few days". I don't have any statistics, but yes, I think that using 过 is the most natural and common way to ...

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Is "你们好" (nǐmen hǎo) in actual use for greeting multiple people at once?
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Yes, there are a whole range of greetings similar to "你好", including "你们好", “大家好”, “老师好”, and so on.

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What's the meaning of 缘分 in English?
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I'm sure you've heard the expression in English: "we were meant to be together". When applied to a romantic relationship, that's 缘分. Note, though, that Chinese apply 缘分 not just to romance, but also ...

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Replacement for "他一个人" when used in a sentence about an animal
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“他一只蚂蚁搬东西” would sound very strange. "他一个人" is natural. I don't know if it's so much anthropomorphism as just treating "一个人" as a fixed expression which acts as an adverb.

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What is the most common way to say 'indecisive' in Mandarin?
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A lot of the terms listed by Huang are very rarely used. 犹豫不决 and 犹豫 are by far the most common ones, and express the meaning of "indecisive" very directly.

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