2nd Edition

Yufa! A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar

ISBN 9781138651142
Published November 4, 2016 by Routledge
390 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Yufa! A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar takes a unique approach to explaining the major topics of Mandarin Chinese grammar. The book is presented in two sections: the core structures of Chinese grammar, and the practical use of the Chinese language. Key features include:

  • Chinese characters, pinyin and English translations
  • Realistic scenarios to provide you with an interesting context in which to learn grammar
  • Varied and imaginative exercises so you can review your progress easily.

    With straightforward descriptions, numerous exercises, and examples that are rooted in realistic situations, the author shows you how grammar is used in everyday life.

This new second edition has been fully revised and updated throughout and continues to be one of the clearest and most comprehensive pedagogical grammars available.

Table of Contents

1 The basic formation of a Chinese sentence

2 The eleven types of question in Chinese

3 The use of □□, □□ and □□ and the definiteness of nouns

4 The functions of □□, relative clauses and noun clauses

5 Position words

6 Prepositional constructions

7 Imperative sentences and the use of □□

8 Chinese verbs

9 The progressive aspect and the continuous aspect

10 The use of □□ (the perfective aspect particle and

modal particle)

11 The use of □□ (the experiential aspect particle)

12 Modal verbs

13 The complement of state and the complement of degree

14 The complement of duration

15 The complement of quantity

16 The complement of direction

17 The complement of result

18 The complement of potential

19 The adverbial modifi er with □□

20 The □□……□□ structure

21 Subjectless sentences and existential sentences

22 The □□ structure

23 Passive structures

24 Making comparisons (1)

25 Making comparisons (2)

26 Measure words

27 Verb reduplication and adjective reduplication

28 The use of □□□□, □□□□ and □□□□

29 Modal particles

30 Conjunctive pairs

31 Conjunctions used in context

32 The use of □□ and □□

33 The use of adverbs in contracted sentences

34 The use of interrogative pronouns

35 Rhetorical questions

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Wen-Hua Teng is Senior Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

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