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What is the difference between 一匹剛買的馬 and 剛買的一匹馬?
asked Feb 13, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,240 points)
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Normally, the relative clause occurs after the determiner phrase.

 一匹剛買的馬 (y`ı-p¯ı g¯ang m˘ai de m˘a/ a horse that was just bought). 

However, the relative clause can also occur before the determiner phrase 一匹 (y¯ı-p¯ı) for emphasis.

 剛買的一匹馬 (g¯ang m˘ai de y`ı-p¯ı m˘a/ a horse that was just bought).

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Feb 13, 2018 by admin (25,240 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

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