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Re: cases

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. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein