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Can the verbs in serial-verb construction take up the progressive marker ZAI (在)?
asked Feb 28, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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The consecutive serial-verb construction normally allows the initial verb to take the progressive marker zài (在), indicating the ongoing of the whole event. 

→ 爸爸送姐姐上學 (b`aba z`ai s`ong jiˇejie sh`ang xu´e/ Father is sending sister to school.)

Nevertheless, the second verb cannot normally take the progressive marker alone.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Feb 28, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin
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