The Accurate Use of Chinese
Practical Sentence Structures and Word Usage for English Speakers
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The Accurate Use of Chinese is a unique learning resource for learners of Chinese who are English speakers. The primary goal is two-fold: to help these learners leverage their existent knowledge in English and navigate the Chinese system with fewer obstacles; and also to help them prevent errors of which the underlying cause may be English. This is done through comparisons of selected grammar topics, language rules and word usages between the two languages. Grammar topics in English serve as the comparison points from which learners can gain a deeper understanding of the comparable, but differing structures in Chinese. The book's comparative approach is unique and innovative, designed to build a more nuanced and instinctive approach to grammar.
A valuable resource for beginners to advanced learners and instructors of Chinese, the book contextualizes grammar structures and provides in-depth information not covered in Chinese language textbooks.
Table of Contents
Part I (Sentence Patterns)
1. How to use because in Chinese
2. Complex sentences
3. Contrasts and Contradictions
4. Infinitive (to + verb) and "adjective + noun" as adjectives
5. Information sequence
6. The representations of it in Chinese
7. Linking verbs and their Chinese counterparts
8. Omission and replacement of nouns or pronouns
9. The Chinese representations of English past tense and present perfect tense
10. English and Chinese prepositional phrases: word orders and grammatical features
11. Comparing the use of basic punctuation in English and Chinese
12. Conditional sentences, the Subjunctive mood and using if
Part II (Word Usages)
Part III (Common Errors)
Wen-Hua Teng is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She is the author of Yufa: A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar and Essential Chinese Vocabulary: Rules and Scenarios.