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Can gěi mean ‘for’?

asked Mar 4, 2020 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,240 points) | 125 views

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Gěi can indeed mark a benefactive noun phrase, like how the English preposition for does, as in I cooked for you. The Chinese translation of this sentence would be wǒ gěi nǐ zhǔ fàn. Here, you are the one who benefits from the cooking, hence nǐ is a benefactive noun phrase. But note that the usage of gěi is not necessarily equivalent to other usages of English for, such as in for ten minutes.

answered Mar 4, 2020 by admin (25,240 points)

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