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I saw this sentence on a textbook:

漂漂亮亮地参加晚会

Without more context information, what is the translation of that sentence?

I think it has a meaning of "(a girl) dress up beautifully before going to a party", but I'm not quite sure.

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Your understanding is correct. This sentence is equivalent to

打扮得漂漂亮亮去参加晚会
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There is a special point:

If you say this word with a pronunciation piàopiàoliāngliāng (i.e. XX阴平阴平) but not piàopiàoliangliang, it also means "well done", "a neat job", "in style", "chicly",or "be not a procrastinator".

E.g.:

他漂漂亮亮地把事儿给办成了。 -- He did a neat job!

That's natural + welcome Chinese:)

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How does this answer the question?? –  deutschZuid Oct 24 '12 at 7:43
    
@JamesJiao I guess that 0xB2CC's answer should be a comment instead. –  dusan Oct 27 '12 at 23:48

Seems it's out of context, but:

In the case of adjectives composed of two characters (morphemes), generally each of the two characters is reduplicated separately: piàoliang 漂亮 (beautiful) reduplicates as piàopiàoliangliang 漂漂亮亮 (source: wikipedia).

And as we know, the function of reduplication is to extend the meaning of the words. So, since the 漂漂亮亮 has no first subject to mention (i.e.: The woman, etc.), 漂漂亮亮 can't stand alone for only 漂亮, So, the subject here is: 漂亮. And it could means:

  1. The beautiful woman dressing nice (before/while) attends the party;
  2. 'The beautiful man' dressing nice (before/while) attends the party.

'The beautiful man' just the same with the handsome guys.

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Oh, I thought you can't use 漂亮 with "man". –  dusan Oct 22 '12 at 17:10
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@dusan: Of course you can use it.. There is no restriction about the usage of that word. You can use it whenever you see something really good and just saying: 漂亮.. –  mrjimoy_05 Oct 24 '12 at 0:51

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