nuance

Differences between ‘口’、 ‘名’、‘位’、‘个’?

  口 (kǒu) ,名 (míng),位 (wèi),个 (gè) are all measure words for people, person, so what’s the difference between them?  If you don’t have time to read this post, you can just click and download as a PDF.     1.「口」 This word is only used in one specific case: to ask how many people …

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The differences between ‘会‘(huì), ‘能’(néng), ‘可以‘(kěyǐ) – All levels

‘会’(huì),‘能’(néng), ‘可以’(kěyǐ) all mean ‘can’, but do you know the differences?   This grammar summary is for all levels, if you just started learning Chinese, click the 10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Chinese to get your right Chinese dessert!   能 vs 会 (néng/huì) To express the ability a. 能néng: the inborn ability, don’t need …

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10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Chinese

1. 学 vs 学习 (xué / xuéxí) Both words mean ‘to study’ or ‘to learn’, whereas 学习 can be used both transitively and intransitively, 学 in normally reserved for transitive use. e.g. 我学(习)汉语,她学(习)法语。Wǒ xué(xí) hànyǔ, tā xué(xí)fǎyǔ. I study Chinese, she studies French. 我学习,他不学习。Wǒ xuéxí, tā bù xuéxí. I learn, he doesn’t learn. In the second …

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The position of the adverbs ‘也’, ‘都’, and ‘不’

A. ‘也‘ & ‘都’   First, I want to repeat one point: ‘很’ normally used to connect a subject and an ADJ, the function is to make the sentence sound more natural, it doesn’t have ‘very’ meaning here. ‘很+ADJ’ this part is called ‘Adjective predicate’.   The adverbs ‘也’(ye) and ‘都‘(dōu) must occur after the …

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How to use ‘在'(zài), ‘有'(yǒu) and ‘是'(shì) to express the position of an object

There are three common ways to express the position of an object in a sentence by using the verbs ‘在‘(zài), ‘有’(yǒu) and ‘是'(shì).   1/在 indicates the location or position of sth. or s.o. Noun/Noun phrase (s.o/sth.) + 在(zài) + location word Examples: 刘老师在家里。Liú lǎoshī zài jiālǐ.    Teacher Lui is at home. 你的车在外面吗?Nǐ de …

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