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Making Sense of Grammar
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Many verbs may be suffixed by 给 gěi to produce dative (two-object) constructions:

邮递员递给我一封信。

Yóu dì yuán dì gěi wǒ yī fēng xìn 。

The post(wo)man handed me a letter.

她寄给我一张明信片。

Tā jì gěi wǒ yī zhāng míng xìn piàn 。

She sent you a postcard.

房东租给我一套房间。

Fáng dōng zū gěi wǒ yī tào fáng jiān 。

The landlady let a flat to me.

小贩卖给我半斤李子。

Xiǎo fàn mài gěi wǒ bàn jīn lǐ zǐ 。

The pedlar sold me half a catty of plums.

她交给李老师一张条子。

Tā jiāo gěi lǐ lǎo shī yī zhāng tiáo zǐ 。

She handed a note to teacher Li.

爷爷买给孩子几本连环画。

Yé yé mǎi gěi hái zǐ jǐ běn lián huán huà 。

Grandfather bought the children several comic strips/picture books.

张小姐转给我好几张激光唱片。

Zhāng xiǎo jiě zhuǎn gěi wǒ hǎo jǐ zhāng jī guāng chàng piàn 。

Miss Zhang passed quite a few CDs on to me.

陈叔叔带给我弟弟一本中文字典。

Chén shū shū dài gěi wǒ dì dì yī běn zhōng wén zì diǎn 。

Uncle Chen brought my younger brother a Chinese dictionary.

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