Bǎ 把-construction
(5,656 words)

The -construction, generally recognized as one of the most studied constructions in Mandarin or Chinese more generally is the neutral term for the pattern containing the morpheme 把 (the DP following is referred to as the nominal).

1. Subject + … +  + DP +… V …

The following examples illustrate some of the possibilities:

2.

a.

我把他騙/打了。

 

 

Wǒ  bǎ   tā     piàn/dǎ    le.

 

 

1sg     3sg  cheat/hit  asp

 

 

‘I cheated/hit him.’

 

b.

他把菜炒爛了。

 

 

Tā    bǎ  cài      …

Cite this page
Audrey LI, “Bǎ 把-construction”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000030>
First published online: 2015



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