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In the following sentence:

很多人因为害怕穿秋裤显胖,宁愿冻死不穿。

What does 也 mean in the sentence? The entire sentence should mean something like the following:

Because of the fear that wearing one more pants behind the trousers make you look fat, so many people rather want to...

I don't understand the last part of the sentence, especially on the 也 part.

According no Pleco, 也 has the following entry (as an adverb):

[for emphasis, often before a negative expression]

  • 她一天假也没请过。

But then how does it connect 冻死 and 不穿 and what does the sentence mean?

Also, is my understanding that 也 here works as an emphasis correct?

  • I think it's a bit like "still" – Jason Swift Dec 11 '17 at 0:55
  • 宁愿A也不B structure means prefer A to B or would rather A than B – 賈可 Jacky Jun 14 '18 at 9:30
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In this sentence should not be understood individually.In Chinese 宁愿...也... is a coordinating conjunction. It means a choose relationship. You choose the option behind 宁愿 and you give up the option behind .

I think it seems like rather...than... in English.宁愿冻死也不穿 may be translated to rather be dead than be wearing the long underwear.

More examples about 宁愿...也...could be see in here;
And More examples about coordinating conjunction in Chinese could be see in here

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  • Perfect! Thanks for the answer. It seems that often the phrase after 也 comes with 不 on 不愿. – Blaszard Dec 11 '17 at 11:16
  • @Blaszard Thanks for being accepted and I'm glad to know that you seek out the regularity. – Jian Dec 12 '17 at 9:55
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Refer to the definition 3 in this dictionary:

  1. 在复句中表转折意:虽然你不说,我~能猜个八九不离十。

也 is used as the adverbial of concession, like the English word although. 也 follows the result or conclusion.

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  • actually, I think it is just 'and' – Pedroski Dec 12 '17 at 3:57
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If it makes it easier to remember, you can relate this usage to the more common gloss of 'also': "[in situations where] people are freezing to death, they'd also prefer not to wear [them].

Or in more natural English: "... won't wear them even if they're freezing to death."

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It could be better understood as "still" here in our context.

Even if I get frozen, I "still" would not wear it.

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Edit: in the cold light of morning:

I agree with Jian: 宁愿 A 也不愿B: would rather A than B

Literally: 宁愿A也不愿B would want A and not want B

很多人
A lot of people
因为害怕穿秋裤显胖,
because they are afraid of appearing fat if they wear long-johns,
宁愿冻死也不穿。
would rather freeze to death than wear them.

(I prefer fat-looking but warm!)

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  • It is 宁愿...也不... not 宁愿...也... – 賈可 Jacky Dec 11 '17 at 11:45
  • Correct, I slipped up there, must be the cold! – Pedroski Dec 12 '17 at 0:06
  • 其实, 是不是这样的: "宁愿A也不愿B" 愿 = 希望?? – Pedroski Dec 12 '17 at 0:17
  • 愿 means 愿意, or 想要, to wish, to want, willing (to do sth), like the lyrics in the song 童话 fairy tale: 我愿变成童话里你要的那个天使 means I wish to be the angel you need in fairy tale. – 賈可 Jacky Dec 12 '17 at 1:53

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