|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 11, 2000, 18:37|
"H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> Hmm, "yu2 chi1" would almost always be understood as "the fish eats" in
> Mandarin. The passive particle "bei4" would be required to indicate
> otherwise: "yu2 bei4 chi1".
Well, you're the sinophone and I'm not, but I understand "bei4" to mean
something negative/unpleasant, e.g. if the fish were alive at the time (!).
> Cool. Can you nest these things?
Yes. The particle "tu'u" indicates the end of a "logical sentence group"
(not the same as a paragraph, may be larger or smaller). So you can
have NP zo'u tu'e .... NP zo'u tu'e ... tu'u ... tu'u.
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