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How to present the similarity between two entities with adverbial clauses?
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The adverbial clauses with two-place adverbials can be used to indicate the similarity between two entities. This type of adverbials usually begins with a similitude marker such as t´ong (同)/g¯en (跟)/xi`ang (像) and ends with a nominal-like element such as y´ıy`ang (一樣)/n`ay`ang (那樣).


w˘o-men g¯en n˘ı y´ıy`ang g¯aox`ıng

We are just as happy as you.


w˘o-men m´eiy˘ou xi`ang n˘ı-men n`ay`ang b`u j¯ıj´ 

We are not as inactive as you.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Mar 27, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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