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Unaccusative verbs have a single argument (typically a theme or experiencer) that can occupy either the object or the subject position.

来了一位朋友。

lai2 le0 yi1 wei4 peng2you3

come LE one CL friend

‘Here came a friend.’

朋友们来了。

peng2you3men2 lai2 le0

friends come LE

‘The friends came.’

Reference

Li, Y.-H. Audrey. 2016. Verbs and verb phrases. In A Reference Grammar of Chinese, eds. by Chu-Ren Huang and Dingxu Shi. Cambridge University Press.

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