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Making Sense of Grammar
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When more dynamic verbs are involved, a structure which is an extension of 有 yǒu sentences has to be employed. For example,

树上有两只鸟儿在歌唱。

Shù shàng yǒu liǎng zhī niǎo ér zài gē chàng 。

There are two birds singing in the trees.

花丛中有很多蜜蜂在采蜜。

Huā cóng zhōng yǒu hěn duō mì fēng zài cǎi mì 。

There are a lot of bees collecting honey amongst the flowers.

图书馆里有不少学生在查资料。

Tú shū guǎn lǐ yǒu bú shǎo xué shēng zài chá zī liào 。

There are quite a few students looking up references in the library.

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