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Is this an exception in the use of 的?
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When 的 is used for possession or 's, it is often omitted in speaking when it's the subject of a sentence. For example: 她(的)家很漂亮/她(的)家很漂亮 = Her house/home is beautiful. 你(的)電腦很慢/你(的)电脑很慢 = Your ...

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Writing "Please Recycle" in Mandarin
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I think 請回收利用/请回收利用 can apply to lots of stuff as well, for example, plastic bottles, tins, cans, glass and so on. If you really want to be specific about recycling paper, you can try 請回收廢紙/请回收废纸 = ...

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How to say "hope you'll have a great day"?
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The word "Great" has many meanings, both in English and Chinese. It seems that Google Translate picks "magnificent", "grand" as its translation in this case. While "Hope you'll have a great day" is ...

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How do we wish someone to get better?
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One common phrase is this one, where X is the somebody in your question: 祝X早日康復/祝X早日康复。 Zhù X zǎo rì kāng fù For example, 祝你早日康復/祝你早日康复, which can be translated into "wish/hope you'll recover ...

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Why is it possible to replace 都 with 也 in 什么都没有?
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什麼都 can be used in both positive and negative statements while 什麼也 is usually used in negative statements. So, instead of focusing on the usage of 也 here, 什麼都 and 什麼也 can be regarded as phrases which ...

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How to correctly order the words 张先生 男朋友 卖 妹妹 书 那个人 的 是 的?
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I agree with your answer - it makes sense and reads well. I'm a native speaker, btw. Although 张先生是卖书那个人的妹妹的男朋友 works too, I still prefer your order :)

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Sheep or goat? 一只羊跑过来
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People would generally assume it's a sheep. People usually say 山羊 when they mean a goat.

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How do I refer to someone's family member who's relative age I am unsure of?
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There's no rule in a such situation. You can always ask politely or figure out the relationship from conversations. But there's no harm in assuming they're younger than you or the person introducing ...

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Is any simplified character also a traditional character?
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It'd be wrong to mix traditional and simplified characters in the same text as suggested by Huang. The simplification was applied to the characters used mostly in daily conversation and prints. This ...

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