131 Answered Questions for the topic Chinese
Is there a difference between 教训 and 论点 ？
I'm taking a history class in Chinese and my teacher brought up 四五运动的两个教训 。 Then later on he talked about 启蒙的两个论点 。 I know that roughly 教训 is translated as "lessons" and 论点 is a bit more like... more
What does 了mean in this sentence?
Could someone please explain this sentence structure? > 衣服也落在了房间内. What does the 了 mean here? Is it pronounce le or liao?
Why is it incorrect to say (Someone) 想要了一 (Something)?
Basically whole question in the title. I was told that saying 我想要了一杯茶 or anything along those lines is incorrect. Why?
What do these 将 and 为 mean?
警方将小印度一带规划为受管制区，不许任何人在管制区内公共场所喝酒。 Not sure how these 将 and 为 are used grammar-wise. If I were to break it down: (警方)（将）（小印度一带）（规划）（为）（受管制区） （police）（towards/把？）(little india) (plans) (???) (area... more
How do Chinese judge the right sound quality (softness, awkwardness, respectfulness (面子), negativity)?
In a number of questions asked here on CLSE, I have noticed answers that include responses about how something just doesn't "sound right" in Chinese. Here is an example from a recent answer... more
How to say "A Person's Strength"?
Is there a good translation for "strengths" in Chinese? I am trying to say strengths as in 'We should try to improve our strengths, not our weaknesses'. I know that 强项 is one phrase that has a... more
Can you say “回去 ____" （A location？）?
Quick question: Can you 回去 a location? or can you only say 回去 by itself? ex. “回去 我家乡”
Would you say 当动词 or 是动词?
I am back to the classic 当 vs。 是。 I've heard some people say “这个词也可以是动词” however could I also say "这个词 也可以当动词“ － if so, which sounds more common/colloquial?
Definite and indefinite noun after 找?
What's the proper translation for 1. "I'm looking for a phone charger" (any charger, I just need to charge my phone) 2. "I'm looking for the phone charger" (the specific charger, I seem to have... more
Can any noun be duplicated like 人人 and 天天?
I'm familiar with duplication of nouns to mean "all" or "every", such as > 打扫卫生人人有责。 > Everyone is responsible for cleaning up. > > 好好学习天天向上。 > If you study well you will... more
What's the grammatical structure for "<subject> <verbs> like a <noun>" style simile in Chinese?
I am fond of the simile structure "I eat like a wolf" or "The light flickered like a candle" in English. I never know how to express these thoughts in Chinese though, even if I know the underlying... more
Grammar: verb + 的 + verb?
What is the meaning of this form? Example: > 因为商纣王已失尽人心，军队也多不愿为他送命，于是逃的逃、降的降，起义的起义，朝歌很快就被攻克。纣王自杀，商朝就此灭亡。 I found many articles about simple reduplication of verbs in Chinese, like verb +... more
也 When expressing a series does 也 need to be before each object or just the last object?
When expressing a series of object does 也 occur prior to each object or only prior to the last object to express the list Example: - **我没有房子没有工作没有车也没有朋友。** - **我没有房子也没有工作也没有车也没有朋友。**
Difference between 看作 and 看成?
Recently， I've been listening to a chinese podcast and in the podcast I heard someone say "中国人常常把谦虚看作一种美德“。 I have also heard the term “叫作” within the podcast - I'm wondering, is there a clear... more
How to say "Next time" in the past tense?
I'm a bit confused on how to use the expression "The next time" in chinese. I originally wrote (after going to Kigali for the first he realized there were no ethiopian restaurants) 于是， 他下次回基加利时，... more
一...就... vs. 了...就?
I have been revising HSK 3 grammar, and came across these two alternatives: - 我妈妈一起床，就做早饭 - 我妈妈起了床，就做早饭 On the basis that my book says that they both mean 'My mum makes breakfast as soon as she... more
How is 得 used in this sentence？
I have always known 得 as an adverb. For example 跑得很快 ，run quickly or run very fast. The following sentence > 只有懂得节制欲望的人，才能享受到人生的真正乐趣 means "Only a person that understands (how to) control his... more
Is the measure word optional in 这件毛衣?
I've heard the sentence `这毛衣`, (so without measure word), but my chinese manual always use a measure word after `这`: > 这件毛衣 > > 这件苹果 Is the measure word optionnal in after `这` ?
How is 是 in these two sentences?
I came across these two sentences. 你是在说.... (You're trying say ....) 我不是很懂你的意思。 (I don't really get what you mean.) And yet, I am trying to wrap my head around why 是 is there in the first place.... more
Can you 伤害 a person emotionally?
Can I say “伤害人” in terms of hurting someone emotionally? Or is there another, better, way of saying this? For example, I'd like to say "最后还为了伤害他把这个秘密告诉给其他的家人" Is that a proper usage?
Can you omit the “的” that is after the verb “举办”？
I know that this sentence is correct: 北京奥运会是2008年举办的。 But can you omit the “的” that is after the verb “举办”？ Like this: 北京奥运会是2008年举办[ ]。 I think, I have read some sentences that has omitted... more
Can 有 be used to form present perfect tense?
One meaning of 有 is "have" i.e. possess. Can 有 also be used to form the present perfect tense as in "I have looked", possibly "我有看"? If so, then a follow-up question: what is more natural, using 有... more
When to use 了 and 的?
`了` is used after verb or sentence to indicate that something has been finished/done or something has changed. `的` is used in many cases, one of which is to indicate the speaker's modality of... more
How to say "being" as in "Being jewish"?
I've always had some difficulty trying to translate the english "being" as in "being Christian" or "being American". I'd like to say "in the U.S. being Jewish isn't difficult." Should I say... more