City University of Hong Kong CLASS CLASS
Making Sense of Grammar
1 like 0 dislike
What is the semantic meaning of the adverb YE (也)?
asked Mar 15, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,240 points)
edited Mar 26, 2018 by admin | 132 views

1 Answer

0 like 0 dislike

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 (25,240 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

1,439 questions

1,736 answers


12,832 users

1,439 questions
1,736 answers
12,832 users