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What is the function of the adverb YOU (又)?  
asked Mar 19, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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The adverb yòu (又/ one more time) depicts the accumulation of relevant properties of the same entity or accumulation of similar events.

他來了又來 (t¯a l´ai le y`ou l´ai/ He came again and again.)

他試了一次又一次 (tā shì le yī cì yòu yī cì/ He tried again and again.)

In these examples, the event of "來了/試" is accumulated. Moreover, it is worth noticing that the accumulated event must have been actualized.

他又會唱歌又會跳舞 (t¯a y`ou hu`ı ch`ang g¯e y`ou hu`ı ti`ao w˘u/ He can sing and dance.) → In this example, another skill "跳舞" is accumulated as one of his talents.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Mar 19, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin
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