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What is the difference between DE(s) in 他說的那句話 and 那句話是他說的?

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1)他說那句話。

      In example (1), ‘他說的’ is a part of a Noun phrase. The head noun of the noun phrase is a modified noun.

2)那句話是他說的。

      In example (2), ‘他說的’ is a part of a Predicate. The head noun of the noun phrase is a topicalized noun.

      In sum, the construction of [X-de] N can be formed as follows, which is presumed to be true or given.

                                  [Modifier / Relative clause / Cleft-clause] DE

answered Jan 2, 2018 by admin (25,170 points)

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