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What is the semantic meaning of the adverb YE (也)?
asked Mar 15, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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y˘e (也) generally points to the similarity between two values that are in contrast in a given context.

吃魚,也吃魚 (w˘o ch¯ı y´u, t¯a y˘e ch¯ı y´u/ I ate fish, so did he.)

→ the doers, w˘o and t¯a, of the activity of fish eating are in contrast.

我吃,也吃 (w˘o ch¯ı y´u, y˘e ch¯ı r`ou/ I eat both fish and meat.)

→ the undergoers, fish and meat, are in contrast.

昨天吃魚,今天也吃魚 (t¯a zu´oti¯an ch¯ı y´u, j¯ınti¯an y˘e ch¯ı y´u/ He ate fish yesterday, and he ate fish again today.)

→ the times, yesterday and today, are in contrast.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Mar 15, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin
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