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What is wrong with the phrase *我放本書?

asked Mar 7, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,520 points)
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The VP 放本書 (fàng běn shū/ putting down a book) requires a PP as the locative argument. Therefore, we can’t say 我放本書 (wǒ fàng běn shū) without any location. It has to take a PP which can be either pre-verbal, i.e. 在桌上放本書 (wǒ zài zhuō shàng fàng běn shū/ I put a book on the desk.) or post-verbal, i.e. 我放本書在桌上 (wǒ fàng běn shū zài zhuō shàng/ I put a book on the desk.)

answered Mar 7, 2018 by admin (25,520 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

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