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How to link two parallel verbs or clauses with adverbial connectors?
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Two-place adverbial connectors can be employed in lining two parallel verbs or clauses. In this construction, the adverbs must be repeated right in front of the two verbs in the two clauses, such as [y`ou (又). . . y`ou (又). . ."both"], [yu`e (越) . . . yu`e (越) . . . "the more . . . the more . . ."] and [y¯ıbi¯an (一邊). . . y¯ıbi¯an (一邊). . . "while"].


yu`e k`an yu`e f´a w`ei 

The more one reads, the more one becomes bored.


zh`e-pi¯an w´enzh¯ang y`ou ch`ou y`ou ch´ang 

This article is both malodorous and long.


w˘o zh˘ı h˘ao y`ıbi¯an k`an y`ıbi¯an t¯ıng y¯ınyu`e 

I could only read it while listening to music.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

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