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Making Sense of Grammar
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No. Do not place an adverb immediately before a noun/noun phrase, pronoun, proper noun or time phrase.

English: Both Xiao Wang and Xiao Li are my good friends.

Chinese: 小王和小李都是我的好朋友。

Xiǎo wáng hé xiǎo lǐ dōu shì wǒ de hǎo péng yǒu 。

Incorrect: 都小王和小李是我的好朋友。

Dōu xiǎo wáng hé xiǎo lǐ shì wǒ de hǎo péng yǒu 。

English: Mrs Wang has only one son.

Chinese: 王太太只有一个儿子。

Wáng tài tài zhī yǒu yī gè ér zǐ 。

Incorrect: 王太太有只一个儿子。

Wáng tài tài yǒu zhī yī gè ér zǐ 。

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

[2] Teng, W. H. (2016). Yufa! A practical guide to Mandarin Chinese grammar. Taylor & Francis.

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