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How to distinguish the possessive particles 的 and 之

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This is an area of confusion that is not well explained to Mandarin learners. My website ukmandarin.org is here to solve these problems in a simple and unique manner. Allow me to dispel your confusion in one bitesize article. In this article, I will focus on 的 as a possessive article only. The difference in […]

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Expressing ‘or’ 分清‘还是’和‘或者’

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There are two main uses of the conjunction ‘or,’ one is offering a multitude of options for somebody to make a choice from, the other is simply stating a list of alternatives. Let me illustrate the first instance Would you like tea or coffee? 你想要茶还是咖啡? Shall we play table tennis, squash or badminton? 我们打乒乓球,壁球,还是羽毛球? Do […]