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what are the functions of yī diǎn (一點) and yī xià (一下) in imperative sentences?
asked Jan 17, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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The directness of the imperative can be softened by adding a phrase like 一點 (y¯ıdi˘an/ a little bit) or  一下 (y¯ıxi`a/ once) at the end of a sentence.

→ 快一點 (ku`ai y¯ıdi˘an/ A bit quicker.)

An imperative command can also be softened by adding a verbal element like 請 (q˘ıng/ to invite) or 麻煩 (m´af´an/ to trouble) at the beginning of a sentence.

→ 請過來 (q˘ıng gu`o l´ai/ Please come.)

→ 麻煩過來一下 (m´af´an gu`o l´ai y¯ı-xi`a/ Could you come over once?)

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Jan 17, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 25, 2018 by admin
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