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Why is passive voice construction used in sentences such as 他被失蹤了 and 谷歌被和諧了?
asked Mar 14, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

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In these sentences, 和諧 (hé xié) and 失蹤 (shī zōng) are innovatively used as stativizated verbs by adding the passive maker Bèi (被), with the purpose to emphasize the deliberated control of the implicit agent on the affected undergoer.

 谷歌被和諧了

gǔ gē bèi hé xié liǎo

→ Google is censored/ forced to eliminate discordant opinions.

他被失蹤了

tā bèi shī zōng liǎo 

→  He is missing/ taken against his will.

answered Mar 14, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin
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