I have encountered the following sentences in my textbook, which use 背会.



But what does 背会 mean? The textbook seems to say it means memorize, but of all the dictionaries I have and from the result I googled, it seems that there is no word registered as 背会.

Anyone can clarify it...?

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    会 can function as complement of result, thus can follow any number of verbs, e.g. 学会,念会 – user6065 Jul 6 '15 at 17:50
  • @S.Rhee So functions as an aspect particle? If functions as an auxiliary verb here, isn't it 会背, not 背会, right? – Blaszard Jul 6 '15 at 17:54
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    agreed, complement of result (结果补语),aspect particle (动态助词)(着,过,了,的,在),会 may function as auxiliary verb (助动词) – user6065 Jul 6 '15 at 18:06

背会 and 会背 are not the same.

背会 verb + result, memorize/recite it until you know it (by heart)

会背 auxiliary verb + verb, able to recite from memory


I still have not learned this essay by heart yet.


I won't go home until I've learned this text by heart today.

  • Thanks for the clarification. So grammatically, in this case works as complements of result, right? – Blaszard Jul 7 '15 at 21:53

会 - in this context, it is translated as "can", "be able to"

背 - in this context, it is translated as "remember"

背会 can be used as 会背, which both are the same, if that makes more sense to you

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    lol, reading who wrote this answer freaked me out a little bit -_- – Ming Jul 7 '15 at 0:43
  • I was trying to help, but looks like i got it wrong here , they are different .. :D – Ming Jul 7 '15 at 7:20

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