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Dōu 都
(4,579 words)

Dōu 都 is most commonly considered to be a universal or a distributive operator. Discussions on dōu generally center upon its association with expressions preceding it as in (1) (See Focus for discussion on the lián… dōu 連...都 construction).






Nà    sān      ge     xuéshēng  dōu   lái-le.



that  three  clf  student      dou  come-prf



‘Those three students all came.’






Tā    tiāntiān  dōu   chí-dào.



3sg  day.day   dou  late-arrive




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Lisa Lai-Shen CHENG, “Dōu 都”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000138>
First published online: 2015

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