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Chinese Grammar

04/14/19

How to correctly use 恐怕?

According to Pleco, `恐怕` has 2 definitions > 1. fear; dread; be afraid of > 2. perhaps; probably; maybe The second definition is what I am struggling with. I was taught that it is similar... more
Chinese Grammar

04/14/19

How do I write "but if" in Chinese?

How can I express that something happens if another condition is true? (Eng: "Subject ... but if ... subject ...") Example: > I usually get up at six o'clock, **but if** I'm really tired, I... more
Chinese Grammar

04/14/19

Can you 关心 an object?

So, I've used 关心 consistently with people - 关心别人, 关心我的妹妹, but can 关心 be used for object or a phrase?? Example for a phrase 我们关心的应该是房子应该有几间屋子? Example for an object 吃饭时, 我关心的是调味。 长得怎么样, 我都不管。
Chinese Grammar

04/13/19

Can I omit 之 in 之后/之前/之内?

In Mandarin, if you want to express "three years after" or "after three years", 之 should be used such that it is 两年之后. This is also true of 之前 and 之内 (e.g. 第二次世界大战之前。, 我三天之内一定做得完。). However, now I... more
Chinese Grammar

04/11/19

How do you describe a vegetarian item? As in a vegetarian burrito?

So, in english when describing whether something is friendly for vegetarians or not we say "vegetarian __object_______". Is there an equivalent in Chinese? For example could you say "素的墨西哥卷“?
Chinese Grammar

04/11/19

的-地-得, when do you use which?

So the age old question of 的-地-得, when do you use which? When spoken, it all sounds the same, but on paper it depends on if it's a verb, noun, adjective. But I don't quite remember if that is all... more
Chinese Grammar

04/10/19

what are common contractions in classical chinese?

I am searching for contractions in classical Chinese. for example: 而已 ---contracts-to---> 耳. Liebe Grüsse an die süsse Teresa!
Chinese Grammar

04/09/19

What does 劲抽 mean?

I was looking at a Chinese poster for the new Suicide Squad movie: http://screenrant.com/suicide-squad-posters-international-joker/ I saw the phrase '各有各劲抽.' What does this mean? 'Each one has... more
Chinese Grammar

04/09/19

Complement of result:完 or 好?

I‘m currently learning how to form the complement of result and what are the translations of some common compound verbs. My book makes this examples: • 看完=to finish watching • 写好=to finish writing... more
Chinese Grammar

04/09/19

How is 就 (jiù) used?

Pimsleur's Mandarin course teaches "I'm leaving very early tomorrow morning" as: > 我明天早上很早就走 (wŏ míngtiān zăoshàng hĕn zăo jiù zŏu) It says that `就 (jiù)` doesn't have a corresponding meaning... more
Chinese Grammar

04/08/19

Difference between 月 and 月份 for the noun "A month"?

So, I'm trying to figure out what is a better way to simply translate "An important month". For example if I wanted to talk about the month of Ramadan I originally said "斋月是穆斯林非常重要的一个月“ but a... more
Chinese Grammar

04/08/19

我一字一字地学习汉语 OR 我一个字一个字地学习汉语?

Which is the correct use of this grammar pattern? 我一字一字地学习汉语。 我一个字一个字地学习汉语。 The first one feels correct to me. The pattern is: 一{MW,N}一{MW,N} + 地 + V
Chinese Grammar

04/07/19

What is the grammar of "用餐曅請隨手整理桌面 座位有限請勿休憩估用"?

In a cafeteria, there is a sign which presumably means something like, "There are a limited number of seats, so please don't sit down with just one person to a table; plan your seating arrangements... more
Chinese Grammar

04/07/19

difference between 伤痕, 伤疤 and 疤痕?

Recently, I read that someone's 额头上有一个伤痕 。 I knew that the sentence literally meant that there was a scar. But then I thought "Why didn't they say "伤疤” or “疤痕”。 All three of these translate to... more
Chinese Grammar

04/07/19

Why should I use 由 here and not 被?

I could choose 由 or 被. Why should I choose 由? Are there any good reasons for this choice? 6. 这件事 _______ 公司负责。My girlfriend immediately said 由, but she couldn't say why. Considering the answers... more
Chinese Grammar

04/07/19

Please explain 要不了多久?

Please help me explain how 要不了多久 is translated into "It won't be long" Literal meaning would be "Could not demand how long?" I am not sure how 多久 works in this context.
Chinese Grammar

04/07/19

Doesn't 被 mean "by"?

I've always thought of 被 as "by." I understand the following phrase means "deducted 10 points" but I don't understand the structure. > 整整要被扣十分
Chinese Grammar

04/05/19

Indefinite article vs numeral: use of "一" (yī)?

Sometimes, when the English has an indefinite article ("a", "an"), the Chinese translation has a numeral ("一", yī). So, for example, "I want to buy **a** ticket" sounds like "I want to buy **one**... more
Chinese Grammar

04/05/19

Never understood the usage of 弄?

I never understood the usage of 弄 for example in this sentence 婶婶找来几片叶子,给雪弄了一双耳环 why is there a 弄了? The sentence makes sense without it.
Chinese Grammar

04/05/19

How to express: a narrator is narrating an event in the past, and wants to describe an event 2 years before that?

In English this is very easy to express, but I'm struggling to express it in Chinese. I've asked multiple natives and they are all struggling with this (much to everyone's surprise). Basically,... more
Chinese Grammar

04/04/19

How to say "unsurprisingly" as in "Someone unsurprisingly did something"?

I'm trying to figure out how to say unsurprisingly; I know that 果然 generally implies that you expect that something is going to happen, but in some contexts I'm not entirely sure if it is most... more
Chinese Grammar

04/03/19

Does an Alarm clock 吵醒 or 叫醒?

I'm trying to figure out whether an alarm clock 吵醒我, or 叫醒我。 I'd like to say the sentence my alarm clock woke me up at 5:30 today my translation so far is 今天早上五点半, 我手机的闹钟叫醒了我。 Can 叫醒 be done by... more
Chinese Grammar

04/03/19

求解释: "我有问题" 和 "我有个问题" 中英 | Chinese & English?

这个问题我找不到解释, 希望哪位高手可以帮下 ^^ 学生想说 I have a question, 常常会说成 "我有问题." 我会教他们用 “我有个问题” 或者 “我有一个问题。” 原因是听到 “我有问题”的时候, 我的第一联想就是 “我脑子有问题。" 可是我语法上面解释不来也查不到。 现在我自己都快糊涂了。 所以我想问: 1) “我有问题” 是正确的吗?... more
Chinese Grammar

04/03/19

When you use 在 with a time, where does 在 go in the sentence?

So, if I wanted to say, "Last week I saw my friend in Japan," where would the location (Japan) go in this sentence? I thought it would go like this: 在日本,我上个星期看朋友。 Is that correct or does the... more
Chinese Grammar

04/02/19

Which measure word should I use with 角色?

Nciku tells me the proper measure word is 类, but a quick search on Google garnered mostly results like "哪类角色更容易赢“小金人”?“ implying that for the most part 类 is used when inquiring about a particular... more

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