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A serial construction consists of two or more verbs used in a series, often without any conjunctional devices. The second verb may follow the first verb directly, or the first verb may take an intervening object:

我去买报纸。

wǒ qù mǎi bào zhǐ 。

I’m going to buy a newspaper.

你找他要什么?

nǐ zhǎo tā yào shí me ?

Why are you looking for him? (lit. You look for him want what.)

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.

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