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Does the passive marker BEI (被) always imply a sense of adversity or misfortune?

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歐巴馬被選為美國總統 (ōu bā mǎ bèi xuǎn wéi měi guó zǒng tǒng/ Obama is elected as the president of the U.S.)

他被提名為最佳男演員 (tā bèi tí míng wéi zuì jiā nán yǎn yuán/ He is nominated as the best actor.)

選舉 (elect) and 提名 (nominate) are frequently used in democratic activities in Western countries in the language of English. Under the influence of English, we have the transliteration use of Bèi (被) in positive events.

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