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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:






Wǒ  bǎ   tā     piàn/dǎ    le.



1sg     3sg  cheat/hit  asp



‘I cheated/hit him.’






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 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000030>
First published online: 2015

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