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Making Sense of Grammar
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English is head-initial while Chinese is head-final, which means the phrasal “head” (e.g. the head noun in a noun phrase) is normally placed at the beginning in English (e.g. the dog in the cage) but at the end in Chinese(Liu, 2017)

e.g. 1. The book I bought——我(wǒ)买(mǎi)的(de)书(shū)

       2. The movie I watched——我(wǒ)看(kàn)的(de)电(diàn)影(yǐng)

Reference: Meichun Liu. The Form-Function Mapping Principles in Chinese Grammar: A Morpho-Constructional Approach. International Chinese Language Education, 2017, 02(02).
answered Aug 6, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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