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The subject-predicate compound is composed of two elements, whose relation is one in which the first element is the subject of the second element. Here are some examples of subject-predicate compounds:

嘴硬 ‘mouth-hard=argumentative’

手紧 ‘hand-tight=stingy’

胆大 ‘gall-big=brave’

It can be modified by an intensifier, such as hen very

张三很头疼。

It can be negated. For example,

张三不头疼。

It can be the A element in an A-not-A question:

张三头疼不头疼?

Reference

Li, C. N., & Thompson, S. A. (1989). Mandarin Chinese: A functional reference grammar (Vol. 3). Univ of California Press.

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