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I have been learning Chinese for about 12 years. I mostly taught myself by reading various books and talking to Chinese friends.


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awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
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accepted What is the proper word order when a sentence contains an adverb using 地 and a coverb phrase?
Apr
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comment What is the proper word order when a sentence contains an adverb using 地 and a coverb phrase?
@user2619 Interesting thought. In my grammar book 把 is listed as a coverb, but it has a chapter all its own. However, in the example sentences I gave, the 把 sentence is actually the normal one. That is, most often I see the adverb + 地 immediately before the verb. The strange one to me is the first sentence.
Apr
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comment What is the proper word order when a sentence contains an adverb using 地 and a coverb phrase?
Thanks for the comment.My question was more about where in the sentence the adverb appears. Being that it describes the verb, you might expect it to immediately proceed the verb. But in the example I gave above, it doesn't. So, what is the difference? Can it go anywhere between the subject and verb?
Apr
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comment What is the proper word order when a sentence contains an adverb using 地 and a coverb phrase?
Thank you, this answered my question. I will wait to see if there are any more comments before marking the answer.
Apr
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asked What is the proper word order when a sentence contains an adverb using 地 and a coverb phrase?
Feb
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accepted Is it possible to use 过 with specific time words?
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Feb
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comment Is it possible to use 过 with specific time words?
你可不可以澄清那个最后的句子:”过的语句后可以加了字,反之不可以“
Feb
16
revised Is it possible to use 过 with specific time words?
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suggested suggested edit on Is it possible to use 过 with specific time words?
Feb
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asked Is it possible to use 过 with specific time words?
Feb
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comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
Thanks! It makes sense. When you say that in these sentences the action is "inherently incomplete", is it that in those situations the verb is not something you do and complete quickly? Like the verb 是 is not an action that gets completed. Even 住 is not a short term action that is done and completed.
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Feb
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accepted Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
Feb
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comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. This answer made the most sense to me so I am marking it as the answer. Just one last thought. I get that 了 is about a completed action. I just figured that if it happened in the past and I say "go", as in I'm not currently there, then it is obvious that I completed the trip. Maybe it is obvious to me but not the Chinese listener.
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Feb
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comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
Thanks, as this does address my question. But it does seem to contradict @NiklasBerglund 's answer. Any references?
Feb
12
comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
Thanks for the link! I have been looking through all of my books and I could not find an example where a past time word was present and 了 was NOT used, although I was sure I read that somewhere in the past. It helped to see it somewhere else. I am inclined to mark this as the answer unless someone has a more credible reference as you suggest.
Feb
12
comment Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
@hippietrail That was my understanding as well. the time word indicates the tense of the sentence, so what does the 了 do? Generally indicate that the action is complete, but it should be obvious that it is complete if you went yesterday and you are no longer there when you say it!