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柳云龙 is being interviewed. The interviewer asked:

柳(云龙)先生,谁给你取的这个名字?
Mr Liu (Clouddragon or Speakingdragon, not sure??), who chose this name for you?

She used 的. Why not write 了?

柳(云龙)先生,谁给你取了这个名字?

I think I can rearrange thus:

柳(云龙)先生,这个名字是谁给你取的(名字)? Is that where 的 comes from?

PS: I know a guy called 许成龙, I always ask him when he will finally become a dragon. He's not sure.

  • 谁给你取的这个名字 bkrs:的 ③ 用在谓语动词后面,强调这动作的施事者或时间、地点、方式等:谁买的书? | 他是昨天进的城 | 我是在车站打的票。这个用法限于过去的事情。 see grammar on 是。。。的 sentences:是 can be omitted and 的 instead of being at the end can be put (as here) in front of the object: (是)谁给你取这个名字的->谁给你取的这个名字,this has been discussed at this site before (user has not found the places yet), and can also be copied from grammars, e.g."实用现代汉语语法" – user6065 Dec 1 '17 at 23:20
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谁给你取的这个名字? conveys where you got the name or who give you that name.

谁给你取了这个名字? sounds like who have given you such a name, implying who have done that naming because that name might sound unusual, weird/ridiculous/etc.

  • Since the interviewer commented on his name, 云龙, she must already think the name is unusual, or she would not have mentioned it. – Pedroski Dec 2 '17 at 23:01
  • @Pedroski, "柳(云龙)先生,这个名字是谁给你取的(名字)? Is that where 的 comes from?", I think this is correct. – dan Dec 2 '17 at 23:57

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