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23 - The 被 bèi construction

from Unit IV - Special sentences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 April 2023

Yongping Zhu
Affiliation:
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Chu-Ren Huang
Affiliation:
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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This chapter introduces the passive 被 bèi construction by outlining the similarities and differences between the bèi construction and the bǎ construction. The grammatical features of the bèi construction are explained, with an emphasis on the difference between typical passive sentences in other languages. Several other forms of passive sentences in Chinese are also provided.

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Print publication year: 2023

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