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Making Sense of Grammar
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Yes. When the verb, the adjective or the modal verb contains two characters, the second character

of the affirmative part is optional, especially in casual speech.

李:你()不高兴

Lǐ:nǐ gāo (xìng )bú gāo xìng ?

Li: Are you happy?

张:我很高兴。

Zhāng :wǒ hěn gāo xìng。

Zhang: I am happy.

王:那件事,我们()不应该告诉他?

Wáng :nà jiàn shì,wǒ men yīng (gāi )bú yīng gāi gào sù tā ?

Wang: Should we tell him about that matter?

丁:不应该。

Dīng :bú yīng gāi。

Ding: We should not.

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

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