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‘zǒu’ (leave, go away): The basic invariant meaning of ‘zǒu’ is to ‘walk’ and ‘go away, leave’. Its extended meaning is ‘change or lose the original shape or state’. As a resultative complement, it indicates the resultative meaning of ‘away’. Examples of RVC formed by ‘zǒu’ are:

赶/撵/飞/开/刮 + 走

gǎn/niǎn/fēi/kāi/guā + zǒu

(drive/chase/fly/drive (a car)/blow away, etc.

那双鞋穿走了样/唱走了音/赶走了侵略者

nà shuāng xié chuān zǒu le yang/chàng zǒu le yīn/gǎnzǒu le qīnlüèzhě

(That pair of shoes has been worn out of shape/sang off-pitch/drove away the invaders)

[1] Loar, J. K. (2011). Chinese syntactic grammar: functional and conceptual principles. New York: Peter Lang.
answered Aug 16 by Ariel (34,480 points)

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