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Lesson 12

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Grammar exercises


Question: Your Chinese friend is not concentrating when he writes Chinese characters. Ask him to write Chinese characters properly.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use 好 好 as properly
Hint 2 Hint 2   The adverbial marker 地 can be omitted
Comments Answer  请 你 好 好 儿 写 字 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 请 你 好 好 儿 地 写 字
qĭng nĭ hăohāor de xiě zì. Monosyllabic adverbs such as 好 hăo, 快 kuài  and 慢 màn are duplicated when placed before a verb. These duplicated adverbs are pronounced in first tone. When a monosyllabic adverb is duplicated, the adverbial marker 地 de is often omitted in colloquial Chinese. For instance, when you see your friends off you often say 慢 慢 儿 走 mànmānr zŏu walk slowly. You often hear a mother say to her child at meal times: 好 好 儿 吃 hăohāor chī eat properly.
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