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What is the function of ZHE (著) in Chinese?

asked Dec 6, 2017 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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著 is a durative and stative marker. For instance, ‘他在房子里坐著’ and ‘他們彼此深愛著’.

著 occurs with only stage-level predicates not individual-level predicates. For example, ‘*他一直聰明著’ is ungrammatical.

著 co-occurs with atelic event. For instance, ‘他喝著茶’ and ‘他喝著一杯茶’.

著 is mainly used with dynamic activity verb, such as 坐,拿.

answered Jan 2, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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