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Act natural

In this article I want to discuss several aspects of Chinese sentence construction that don’t always come naturally to English-speaking students.

Leading to frustration

They are 使得(shǐde), 讓(ràng) and 令(lìng). They all seem to mean “lead to,” “induce,” “bring about.”

Speech of parts

But in Chinese, apparently, these components fall into two categories, with different words.

In Chinese, it’s never relative

One of the workhorse parts of speech in English and in most European languages is the relative pronoun. These include that, when, which, who/whom/whose, where and a few other less frequently used ones. Usually they

How to receive things in Chinese: 收(shōu)vs. 受(shòu)

In English among many other things one can “receive” a piece of mail, and one can “receive” good or bad emotional news. In each case, the verb is “to receive,” and we think of those

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