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Making Sense of Grammar
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Reduplicating a measure word also conveys the meaning ‘every’, ‘each’, ‘all’. The reduplication always precedes the verb and is often followed by the adverb 都dōu:

个个都很高兴

Gè gè dōu hěn gāo xìng

Everyone is happy.

张张桌子都很脏。

Zhāng zhāng zhuō zǐ dōu hěn zāng 。

All the tables are dirty.

条条大路通罗马。

Tiáo tiáo dà lù tōng luó mǎ 。

All roads lead to Rome.

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