Chinese: An Essential Grammar

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 230 pages
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Easy to use and refreshingly jargon-free, this new edition is an up-to-date, concise reference guide to the grammar of modern Chinese (Mandarin) - the most widely spoken language in the world.This new edition of Chinese: An Essential Grammar is an up-to-date, concise reference guide to the grammar of modern Chinese (Mandarin) - the most widely spoken language in the world.Refreshingly jargon free, it presents an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today. A reference source for the learner and user of Chinese, irrespective of level, it sets out the complexities of the language in short, readable sections.Features include:* a new chapter on paragraph development* Chinese characters, as well as the pinyin romanization, alongside all examples* literal and colloquial translations in English to illustrate language points* detailed contents list and index for easy access to information* a glossary of grammatical terms.A unique resource at this level, Chinese: An Essential Grammar is ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult education classes of all types.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Nouns
7
Numerals and nouns
11
Measures for nouns
15
personal demonstrative and interrogative
19
Adjectives and attributives
24
Verbs
29
Adjectival and nominal predicates the verb shi
30
Verbs and complements
69
Verbs and adverbials
77
Modal and similar verbs
85
Sentences
93
Statements and the sentence particle le
94
Questions
99
Subject and predicate topic and comment
109
Prepositions and coverbs
114

The verb you comparisons
35
Verbs and aspect markers
40
Motion verbs and direction indicators
48
Verbs and time
53
Verbs and location
58
duration and frequency
65
Ba and bei constructions
119
Serial constructions
125
Emphasis and the intensifier shi
131
Abbreviation and omission
137
and apostrophes
152
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Don Rimmington is Emeritus Professor of Chinese formerly at Leeds University.

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