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Chinese Grammar

04/02/19

So technically, the correct usage of 得 for run very fast is 跑得很快 - why are there so many Baidu hits for 跑的很快 and 跑地很快?

Is there 的, 地 and 得 confusion among native speakers as well or am I missing some subtleties of the language?
Chinese Grammar

04/02/19

What is the difference in usage between 以后 and 之后?

Today John Pasden linked to an old Sinosplice post in which he discussed how Chinese grammatical categories cannot be mapped neatly onto those of Indo-European... more
Chinese Grammar

04/01/19

How to say "Catch a plane"?

I'm interested to see if there is a translation for "catch a plane". I know that 赶不上飞机 is an expression - but could you say "今天我有很多事。 最要紧的是赶上飞机“
Chinese Grammar

03/31/19

以来 - Chinese dictionary says noun. "Since" in English dictionary says preposition, conjunction. Distinction?

A couple of Chinese dictionaries I used says for 以来, part of speech is 名 (noun). Since in an English dictionary says preposition first. Is it incorrect to assume a direct correlation between... more
Chinese Grammar

03/31/19

Is there a difference between 凡事 and 所有?

Recently, I've been reading a bit of 鲁迅 and I've run into the word 凡事 a number of times. Everytime, I see it translated it seems to mean 所有。 It seems to me that 凡事 is either an older usage or is... more
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

Does an existential sentence with "有" only carry a non-specific noun?

Sentence 1: 桌子上有一本作业 Sentence 2: 桌子上有我的作业 I think both sentences are correct. However, I just watched a grammar video which mentioned the existential sentence with "有" can only carry a... more
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

When is the 把 construction forbidden?

I would like to understand which (if any) of these sentences are incorrect and why. 1. 我给了我妹妹一支笔。(being the most basic, this is the one I think I understand) 2. 我把那支笔给我妹妹了。 3. 我把一支笔给我妹妹了。 4.... more
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

How do I say "I held my head in my hands"?

Recently, I was writing about my time at a funeral. I am trying to express the situation that I was overwhelmed by emotion so I put my head in my hands. (I.e. I rested my head on my hands). Is... more
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

When should I use 经验 and when should I use 经历?

Can I say "跟据我的经历那儿的人很友好"? Is this a correct sentence? Should I use 经历, 经验, or is there a better way to say this sentence?
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

What is the difference between the measure words 面 vs 张?

Apparently both are measure words for flat objects, are they interchangeable or is there a difference to the types of flat objects they are used for?
Chinese Grammar

03/29/19

In 我去北京旅行, is 北京 the object? If not, what *is* it?

I am a native speaker who is learning about how Chinese grammar works. I know that a simple sentence contains a subject (主语), a verb (谓语?) and an object (宾语). > 我(subject)吃(verb)饭(object)。 I... more
Chinese Grammar

03/28/19

How do you use - 我还是做一枚安静的N 吧?

Question for you all. I've seen sentences that are like this 我还是做一枚安静的吃货好了 or 我还是做一枚安静的美少女 I understand that this is a funny expression (used primarily online) Can I replace the final word... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

How do I use a pattern like in 一年有春夏秋冬四季?

I understand the meaning of the sentence, but I have difficulties grasping the pattern and how I could extend it to other phrases. Could you please come up with other example sentences with similar... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

When do I need 的?

Why do I need 的 for 爸爸 but not for 爸 ? > me: So if I said "your father is....", it would be 你的爸是.... > me: Right? > friend: No 的 if you use 爸 > friend: we say 你爸是。。。 >... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

Does 多 always come after the measure word?

I've realized that I still don't fully understand the placement of "多“ a relatively common word. Can you never place 多 before a measure word? A friend recently corrected my "四多快美金“ into 四块多美金”... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

How to use "whether" in Chinese - do you need to say 如果?

I've always had a bit of difficulty with statements with the term "whether" in Chinese. In this sentence I would like to say "I asked him whether or not he had met Mark." - I translated this in my... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

present perfect with stative verbs?

你们好! I've been trying to work out how to form an equivalent of the English present perfect with a stative verb. I'd like to say something along the lines of: "I have known her since we were both... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

该 - How do you know when to use it? Nothing to do with 应该?

In the sentence below, why do you need 该公司? Chinese is contextual, right? 公司 talked about previously is 苹果. Instead of 该公司, why not use 它? Or 这个公司? 也有一些分析师和投资者为苹果辩护,他们说,***该公司***... more
Chinese Grammar

03/26/19

How do I say "Have you spoken to A about B yet?"?

Quick question, how would I say "Have you spoken with your parents about me staying at your house yet?" Could it simply be 我问一下,关于我在你们家住几天, 你跟你的家庭说了没 ? or does 关于 sound too formal?
Chinese Grammar

03/25/19

How do you say "to do" When asking a kid what he wants to do when he grows up?

The classic question (at least when speaking english) is to ask a child what he wants "to do" when he grows up. Now this "to do" is very vague - and, in a lot of instances, doesn't actually mean... more
Chinese Art History

03/24/19

What is an artwork from China that expresses a clear connection to Daoism or Confucianism and explain how the philosophy/religion is represented in the artwork?

What is an artwork from China that expresses a clear connection to Daoism or Confucianism and explain how the philosophy/religion is represented in the artwork?
Chinese Grammar

03/24/19

我最近没打过羽毛球 "I haven't played badminton recently" - is the 过 necessary in this sentence?

Just wondering if the 过 in this sentence can be omitted? Or does the sentence have a slightly different meaning if I remove it? Thanks in advance.
Chinese Grammar

03/24/19

When to use "一下儿"?

I know the phrase "一下儿" can be appended to a verb to indicate the action takes short time or less effort, for example "看一下儿". However, some verbs cannot be appended by "一下儿", since the sentence... more
Chinese Grammar

03/24/19

What is the grammatical analysis of 信得过?

信 = to believe. 得过 = ??? Is this construction a sentence, a phrase, a verbalphrase or maybe sth. different?
Chinese Grammar

03/23/19

Use of 不太 and when is it necessary?

I suspect that 太 has a similar function in negatives as 很 does in negative sentences. Some Chinese speakers have corrected some of my negative sentences in include a 太. e.g.: 他不高兴 was corrected... more

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