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What is the difference between 他跑得很慢 and 他跑得很慢了?
asked Apr 10, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

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He runs very slowly.


He no longer runs as fast as before.

The first sentence indicates a manner of the action, while the second one indicates the result.

The difference between a manner and a result complement is that the latter one usually incorporated with the sentence particle LE (了) whereas the former one is not. The reason is that LE (了) is the sentence particle used to indicate a change of situation or an actualization of the action which is just denoted by the result. However, sentences without LE (了)  are statements of a present fact and focus on manner rather than result

answered Apr 10, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 13, 2018 by admin
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answered Mar 11, 2019 by 117070300214hgt (310 points)
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One is running, one is finished

answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030100407dgx (260 points)
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