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This structure is more formal, and the verb appears before the prepositional phrase. 自 means ‘from’ and the verb is frequently 来, 出 or 发.

今天我想说几句发自(or 出自)内心的话。

Jīn tiān wǒ xiǎng shuō jǐ jù fā zì (or chū zì )nèi xīn de huà 。

Today I want to say a few words that come from deep in my heart.

我爸妈都来自农村,没有受过教育。

Wǒ bà mā dōu lái zì nóng cūn ,méi yǒu shòu guò jiāo yù 。

My parents both come from agricultural villages; they never had any education.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Apr 18, 2021 by Ariel (34,480 points)

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