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In terms of the semantic relations between the constituents, verb compounds can be classified into two types; the resultative verb compound and the parallel verb compound. The resultative verb compound, or RVC, is a two-element verb compound. The second element signals some result of the action or process conveyed by the first element. Below are several different kinds of results that can be represented by an RVC:

Cause: 我把茶杯[打破]了。

Achievement: 我把那个字[写清楚]了。

Direction: 他[跳过去]了。

Phase: 他的钱用完了。

Reference

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

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