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Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook

2nd Edition

By Claudia Ross, Jing-Heng Sheng Ma, Baozhang He, Pei-Chia Chen


364 pages

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Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook is a book of exercises and language tasks for all learners of Mandarin Chinese. Divided into two sections, the Workbook initially provides exercises based on essential grammatical structures, and moves on to practice everyday functions such as making introductions, apologizing and expressing needs.

With an extensive answer key at the back to enable students to check on their progress, main features include:

  • exercises at various levels of challenge for a broad range of learners
  • cross-referencing to the related Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar
  • a comprehensive index to exercises alphabetically arranged in terms of structures, functions, and key Chinese structure vocabulary.

This second edition also offers a revised and expanded selection of exercises including new task-based exercises.

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar Workbook is ideal for all learners of Mandarin Chinese, from beginner to intermediate and advanced students. It can be used both independently and alongside the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar (978-0-415-82714-0), which is also published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

Introduction. How to use this book. Part A Structures: 1. Overview of pronunciation and Pinyin romanization 2. Syllable, meaning, and word 3. The Chinese writing system: an overview 4. Phrase order in the Mandarin sentence 5. Nouns 6. Numbers 7. Specifiers and demonstratives 8. Classifiers 9. Noun phrases 10. Adjectival verbs 11. Stative verbs 12. Modal verbs 13. Action verbs 14. Prepositions and prepositional phrases 15. Adverb 16. Conjunctions 17.Aspect 18. Resultative verbs 19. Directional verbs 20. 把 bǎ sentences: The ‘disposal’ construction 21. The passive Part B: Situations and functions 22. Names, kinship terms, titles, and terms of address 23. Introductions 24. Greetings and goodbyes 25. Basic strategies for communication 26. Telecommunications and e-communications: telephones, the internet, and faxes 27. Negating information 28. Asking questions and replying to questions 29. Expressing identification, possession, and existence 30. Describing people, places, and things 31. Describing how actions are performed 32. Indicating result, conclusion, potential, and extent 33. Making comparisons 34. Talking about the present 35. Talking about habitual actions 36. Talking about the future 37. Indicating completion and talking about the past 38. Talking about change, new situations, and changing situations 39. Talking about duration and frequency 40. Expressing additional information 41. Expressing contrast 42. Expressing sequence 43. Expressing simultaneous situations 44. Expressing cause and effect or reason and result 45. Expressing conditions 46. Expressing ‘both,’ ‘all,’ ‘every,’ ‘any,’ ‘none,’ ‘not any,’ and ‘no matter how’ 47. Expressing location and distance 48. Talking about movement, directions, and means of transportation 49. Talking about clock time and calendar time 50. Expressing obligations and prohibitions 51 Expressing commands and permission 52. Expressing ability and possibility 53. Expressing desires, needs, preferences, and willingness 54. Expressing knowledge, advice, and opinions 55. Expressing fear, worry, and anxiety 56. Expressing speaker attitudes and perspectives 57. Topic, focus, and emphasis 58. Guest and host 59. Giving and responding to compliments 60. Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction 61. Expressing gratitude and responding to expressions of gratitude 62. Invitations, requests, and refusals 63. Expressing apologies, regrets, sympathy, and bad news 64. Expressing congratulations and good wishes Answer key Index

About the Authors

Claudia Ross is Professor of Chinese at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jing-heng Sheng Ma is Professor Emeritus of Chinese at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

Baozhang He is Associate Professor of Chinese at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Pei-Chia Chen is Lecturer in Chinese at the University of California, San Diego.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation