What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence? Could they have written '核实得清楚‘ = 'verify clearly' or does ‘清楚‘ somehow work with '拖欠‘ = verify (the property) is clear of arrears.

I suppose it doesn't affect the meaning much either way. I just had a feeling it might not be a straightforward '核实(得)清楚‘。

The choices I see are:

核实清楚 verify clearly

清楚拖欠 be clear of arrears


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清楚 here is resultant complement for 核实 instead of adverbial, so the literal meaning is 'verify clear' (verify towards a clear result, think 'make clear') instead of 'verify clearly'.

If you have to insert 的/地/得, it should be 得 i.e. 核实得清楚, but that changes the sentence from imperative to declarative.

It's really just a figure of speech to emphasize 核实, as opposed to carry some actual meaning. The previous sentence '一定要注意...' is similar in that regard, by using 一定 to emphasize 注意.

  • Aha, thanks, so we have 核实清楚 = make sure (that) there are no XXX arrears. 'make sure' being an imperative too.
    – Pedroski
    Jun 27, 2015 at 3:29
  • @Pedroski Yes. "Verify clear that ..." in the exact same sense of "make sure that ...".
    – NS.X.
    Jun 27, 2015 at 3:33

You are right, 清楚 is used to modify 核实 and not 拖欠. "Be clear of arrears" is not “清楚拖欠” but "无拖欠". However, adding 得 to 核实清楚 is not appropriate, since this sentence is an imperative, and 得 would make the sentence sound like a declarative statements, as in "being able to verify clearly."

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