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Is 目 suitable for daily conversations, or should I use 眼睛 (and what about 口 and 嘴巴)?
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As a quick look at any dictionary will reveal 目 has to be considered a bound morpheme (规范词素、附着词素、粘著语素),i。e。it only occurs in fixed combinations with other morphemes, it cannot be used alone, by itself ...

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Is 不 A 不 B a grammatical structure like 又 A 又 B?
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why not? see bkrs: II cons. 1) 不 A 不 B (where A B are paired synonyms): not A B 不慌不忙 unhurried 2) 不 A 不 B (where A B are antonymous stative verbs): neither A nor B 不大不小 neither (too) big nor (too) ...

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How does inserting 起来 into 请客 as in 请起客来 changes the meaning?
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for meaning change due to 起来 following verb see any dictionary e。g。HSK dictionary (汉语水平考试词典) In cases shown above verb is a 离合词 which just means that 起来 also is separated,but does not seem to change ...

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Function of 开了 in 我开车开了半天了
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grammar topic:complements of duration with object, raised at this site several times (still searching locations),anyhow here is an excerpt from Yufa! A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar 13 ...

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The word order of co-existing adverbs in a sentence
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For a more complete discussion of adverbial order, see "实用现代汉语语法", page 524: 2。除了大部分副词以外,限制性的状语按下列顺序排列: (1)表示时间的状语; (2)表示语气以及在分句之间起关联作用的状语; (3)表示目的、依据、关涉、协同的状语; (4)表示处所、空间、方向、路线的状语; (5)表示对象的状语。 ...

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Why does the `请` take two duplicate words on its verb occasionally (e.g. `请洗洗你的袜子`)
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quotation from 外国人实用汉语语法: (1) the reduplication of a verb implies a short and quick action (2) expresses an attempt or trial (3)expresses a sense of being light and relaxed and the same goes for ...

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Touch: difference between 碰,碰觸,觸碰, and 觸
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see dictionaries e.g. bkrs (supplied excerpts restricted to physical touching) 碰 collide, bump into (4)(of 7) 用手、 脚或器械触及 [bump; touch]。 如: 碰手(方言。 触手、 触疼手); 碰触(接触); 蛇你如果碰它, 它就要咬你 1) touch; knock ...

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等待 vs 等候 - dengdai vs denghou
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"汉语动词380例" 等待/等候/期待 例 释 一、等待1。他们正在等待朋友。动词"等待"的意思是盼着所期望的人、事物或情况出现。又例如:a。请你耐心等待下去。b。我们等待着春天的到来。二、等候 1。我们在机场等候了一个小时。动词"等候"的意思是盼着所期望的人、事物或情况出现。又例如:a。他在候车室等候火车。b。等候看病的人渐渐少了。"等候"和"等待"的意思相同,主要区别是:"等候"...

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The difference between "忍受不住" and "忍受不了"
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bkrs:不住 1) unable to v. (also repeatedly continuously constantly),unable to (resist, conceal etc) 疼极了!我忍不住了! It's awfully painful! I can't stand it anymore 忍不住 special cases having their own ...

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Differences: 干,办,做,搞,弄
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汉语动词380例 90页: 干/搞/弄 一、干 1。今天大家干得真不错。 动词"干"的意思是做某事/The meaning of 干 is to do some task,如~活儿、~家务事等。 2。他干翻译工作干了几年了? "干"在这儿的意思是担任某种职务或从事某种工作/Here 干 means to be engaged in some work or to be in ...

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What is the function of the complement 下来 in 买下来?
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indicating success, cf。实用现代汉语语法 555页 (下面所有文字都关于"下来") 5。结果意义(denoting result)(三):表示完成一件费时、费力、需要克服一定困难的动作行为 (expressing completion of some time consuming,strenuous activity involving certain ...

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How to say 'protect x from y'?
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look up nciku or iciba, in fact iciba 翻译 seems to give a correct translation 我们的房子保护我们免受寒冷的天气, indicating that instead of using a preposition (from) Chinese uses a verb 免受,for more examples just look ...

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What does 丫 mean? 丫是什么意思?
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https://bkrs.info/slovo.php?ch=%E4%B8%AB 3)girl 4) dial. 丫的 Beijing dialect, vulg. he,she,you (orig. 丫头养的, 丫挺的, i.e. illegitimate (born out of wedlock) child) (of course 丫头 is well known) more ...

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Matrix movie quote question: Advice on saying/translating "There is a difference in knowing the path and walking the path"?
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Chinese versions of some quotes at https://zh.wikiquote.org/zh-cn/%E9%A7%AD%E5%AE%A2%E4%BB%BB%E5%8B%99 https://www.juzimi.com/article/%E9%BB%91%E5%AE%A2%E5%B8%9D%E5%9B%BD many w/o original, there ...

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What does 白沾 mean here?
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one possibility: "be gratuitously rewarded" (gratuitously benefit from) see bkrs: 白 副 (无代价; 无报偿) free of charge; gratis: 白吃 eat without pay 白给 give away free of charge; give for nothing 白看戏 see a ...

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What's the function of 让 here?
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see examples for 想让 at bkrs: https://bkrs.info/slovo.php?ch=%E6%83%B3%E8%AE%A9 and iciba: http://www.iciba.com/%E6%83%B3%E8%AE%A9: 想让某人/事物做某事 want sb./sth. to do sth. (approx.= want to cause sb to do ...

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Can I get a clue as to the meaning of this spam?
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high-quality forgeries 1 : 1 (meaning 100% scale; exact copy) production of original University of Nebraska,(issued at) Lincoln branch campus,UNL certificate and diploma|Q603012914 representing US (...

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也许 vs 或许 vs 可能 usage
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see e.g.bkrs: 可能 might (happen) possible probable possibility probability maybe perhaps #170 也许 perhaps; probably; maybe #676 或许 perhaps maybe #2652 coclusion: 可能 unlike other 2 can be noun and ...

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The difference between 规范,规则,规章,规矩,规定,规律
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规矩、规定,规则 are relatively close,cf."汉语同义词词典"[同] 名词。指共同遵守的行为规范和准则。可与"有、是、遵守、违反、合乎"等动词搭配。 [异] [规矩 着重指某种行为标准或习惯。多是人们约定俗称或长期沿袭下来的,不成文的,还常与"立、定、兴、懂、守"等动词搭配。可构成"循规蹈矩"。多用于口语。例:(1)房东老太太的规矩是每到夜里十点半就关院门,...

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Difference between 忘 and 忘记
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see dictionaries (esp. examples): 忘记 forget disremember 忘记;忽略 lose sight of 忘:忘却。忘怀。忘我。忘情。忘乎所以, showing 忘 only occurs in a limited number of fixed (time-honored) expressions, including 成语。 忘记 ...

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也 和 并 与 及 跟 而 同 difference?
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CCG (2nd ed.) 22.1: Conjunctions that link words or phrases 22.1.1: The 4 conjunctions There are 4 conjunctions that join nouns or nominal expressions. These conjunctions, which all mean 'and', ...

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Grammar behind “你的脑子进水了”。
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At first sight this seems to be a sentence with S-P predicate of type "这个士兵胸部受伤了"or "兔子尾巴短"with 进水 in unusual order P-S (cf. 来了人,发生事故,etc.). A sentence of undoubtedly S-P as predicate type might be ...

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Is there a formal way to describe three word color adjectives?
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Chinese A Comprehensive Grammar on p。156 mentions 3 examples, 亮铮铮,胖乎乎,醉醺醺 while discussing adjective + disyllabic phonoaesthemes + 的 among complements of manner and consequential state: 他把杯子擦得亮铮铮的。 ...

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How to say lived vs. have been living somewhere?
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(1)我在北京住过6个月。我在北京住了六个月 seems ok too (2)我已经在北京住了6个月。 as regards word order if 在 follows 住: 我(已经)住在了北京(6个月) In fact 在了 seems to be a familiar sequence,also one can find example sentences online with ...

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Learning past tense with Rosetta Stone
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了 functions both as aspectual and modal particle, in the former case it occurs after the verb, in the latter at the end of the sentence. In images 1,3 the completed aspect of the action is referred to,...

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Should one write “妳好" when addressing a female?
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This question is easily answered by a look at any Chinese grammar or dictionary,e.g. Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington's Chinese a Comprehensive grammar, 外国人实用汉语语法, A Practical Chinese Grammar for ...

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In 当然,你说的部分也有道理, can we translate 当然 to "of course"?
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It seems "truning" is supposed to mean "turning", 转折, turning point, transition, turnaround. Chinese grammar on the topic of 复句(complex sentences) mentions 偏正复句 (subordinate and main) with 转折关系 as ...

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What's the difference between 兵器 and 武器?
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answer available in online dictionaries, e.g. (excerpts from)bkrs, 武器#1833:① [weapon; implements of warfare; military hardware; arms]直接用于杀伤敌人有生力量和破坏敌方作战设施的器械、装置,如刀、枪、火炮、导弹等。 ② [means]∶泛指进行斗争的工具:思想武器。...

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Usage of 万 (wàn): ten thousands or just a great number?
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see bkrs https://bkrs.info/slovo.php?ch=%E4%B8%87, iciba http://www.iciba.com/%E4%B8%87 for 万,used in fixed expressions: 万民,万国博览会 (world's fair),万事万物,万难(e.g.推辞),(extremely),万不可说,万能(omnipotent),天地万物,...

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Does 躲 mean hide for a long time while 藏 can also mean hide for a short while?
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see online dictionaries e.g. bkrs, 躲 (隐藏) hide (oneself): 躲在树林中 hide among the trees 兔子躲在高高的草丛中。 The rabbit hid in the high grass. (避让) avoid; dodge: 躲雨 take shelter from the rain 警察向他开枪时,他躲开了。 He ...

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