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A practical guide

Claudia Ross and Jing-heng Sheng Ma


First published 2006 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN

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Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar : a practical guide / Claudia Ross and

Jing-heng Sheng Ma. p. cm. – (Routledge modern grammars)

ISBN 0-415-70009-4 (hbk.) – ISBN 0-415-70010-8 (pbk.)1.Chinese language – Grammar.

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Acknowledgements xv Introduction xvi How to use this bookxvii Glossary of grammatical termsxviii A note on Chinese charactersxxvi


Part A




Situations and functions

22Telecommunications and e-communications: telephones, the internet, beepers, and faxes141

Part B

2.5Writing and reciting phone numbers, fax numbers, and beeper numbers145

28.1Indicating the result or conclusion of an action with resultative verbs 186 28.2Indicating the ability to reach a conclusion or result: the potential infixes de and bu191


shìde 233

34Talking about change, new situations, and changing situations 236

36.8  .. . bùdàn .. . érqil . . . ‘not only . . .
36.9  .. . yòu ... yòu . . . ‘both . . . and . . .’ 254
36.10  chúle .. . ymwài ‘besides . . .’ 254


41.1 ‘Ifthen’ conditional sentences 278

42Expressing ‘both,’ ‘all,’ ‘every,’ ‘any,’ ‘none,’ ‘not any,’ and ‘no matter how’282

44Talking about movement, directions, and means of transportation 302





57Expressing gratitude and responding to expressions of gratitude 370

Index 388

We are grateful to the many people who have assisted us in the preparation of this book. We particularly thank Baozhang He for his careful reading of the entire manuscript and for his many useful suggestions, and Anne Shuqing Guo for providing some of the examples we use to illustrate the structures and functions of Mandarin. We thank our Routledge editor Sarah Butler for her detailed and timely feedback and for her patience. We thank our family members for their encouragement and help, Lester Ross, Jocelyn Ross, Adam Ross, and Weiyi Ma.

References consulted

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