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Answer to A Chinese Idiom of Triviality Everyone Needs to Know

Jul. 26, 2019

Answer:
1. A

Analysis:

Xiǎo Lǐ: Wèishénme Xiǎo Hóng kànqǐlái bù gāoxìng ?
小李:为什么小红看起来不高兴?
Xiao Li: Why does Xiao Hong look unhappy?

Xiǎo Míng: Tā hé Xiǎo Zhāng yīnwèi jiè dōngxi de shìqing chǎojià le, tāmen zǒngshì wèile jīmáosuànpí de xiǎoshì zhēngchǎo.
小明:她和小张因为借东西的事情吵架了,他们总是为了鸡毛蒜皮的小事争吵。
Xiao Ming: Because she quarreled with Xiao Zhang about borrowing things. They always quarrel over trivial things.

A. 鸡毛蒜皮 (Jīmáosuànpí) Trivial

B. 举足轻重 (Jǔzúqīngzhòng) Decisive

C. 独一无二 (Dúyīwúèr) Unique

D. 五花八门 (Wǔhuābāmén) all kinds of; a motley variety of

To better understand why “A. 鸡毛蒜皮 (Jīmáosuànpí)” is the correct answer, let’s have a look at the context clues in the sentences of the dialogue. Xiao Li asks why Xiao Hong looks unhappy. Xiao Ming replies it’s because she quarreled with Xiao Zhang about borrowing things. Assuming that “borrowing things” is “小事 (xiǎoshì)”, which means “a trivial matter” to quarrel over, hence the best answer is “A. 鸡毛蒜皮 (Jīmáosuànpí)”.

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