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Making Sense of Grammar
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Volitional adverbials express the subject’s intention and willingness with which he executes an action, or the reverse. Therefore, volitional adverbials cannot modify an inanimate subject:

*风故意地刮得很响。

Fēng gùyì de guā dé hěn xiang.

(*The wind deliberately blew loudly.)

[1] Loar, J. K. (2011). Chinese syntactic grammar: functional and conceptual principles. New York: Peter Lang.

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