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If you take out 手中, isn't the translation, YouTube founder buys Delicious from Yahoo, still conveyed? What does 手中 add?

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I think it's emphasis. 手中 here emphasizes that Delicious was a part of Yahoo, firmly controlled by Yahoo, etc. A typical construction involving 手中 is 从他手中抢走了xx, here the underlying message is that xx was firmly controlled by someone but grabbed by the other. – user58955 Feb 11 '14 at 16:35
@user58955 That seems like a perfectly fine answer. Why not add it as an answer instead of a comment so you can get the appropriate credit? – Claw Feb 11 '14 at 17:06
手中:someone takes the charge of sth, someone manages something, someone owns something. – CA55CE37 Feb 12 '14 at 3:08
I don't think it's emphasis. Removing 手中 doesn't just undo a emphasis meaning. It's totally weird to say 从他抢走了XX – Aw Qirui Guo Feb 13 '14 at 1:27

手中 actually indicates somebody possess something. For example B从A手中拿走C means A used to possess C and B take it from A, the sentence is to emphasize the action "take".

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After removing 手中:


I don't think the second one sounds good. 手中 doesn't only express that Yahoo owns Delicious before the acquisition but also act as a complement to 雅虎.

Thinking again, I don't think it's just an emphasis usage because YouTube创始人从雅虎收购Delicious sounds really weird. In Chinese is looking for a noun for place not just a noun. A few examples:

从北京得到的消息 - ok, because 北京 is a place

从宾馆到机场 - ok , because 宾馆 is a place

从张三那里得到的消息 is better than 从张三得到的消息 because 张三 is just a name not a place.

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  1. “手中” means Delicious belonged to Yahoo, in this Headline the author treated Yahoo as a person (of cause a person with hands) —— Yahoo hold Delicious in his hands, and the creators of YouTube take Delicious from Yahoo's "hands".

  2. “手中” 相当于“那里”(there)

“YouTube创始人从雅虎手中收购Delicious” has the same meanig as “YouTube创始人从雅虎那里收购Delicious”

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