In the following sentence:


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
  • 汉语800虚词用法词典 宁愿 (副)[oft. preceded by 与其 or followed by 也不 expressing the choice preferred after comparing the advantages and disadvantages of 2 choices] would rather 意义和用法与"宁可"基本相同。但更强调行为主体的意思。(1)我宁愿一辈子过清贫的生活,也决不干那种贪赃枉法的事。(2)他宁愿当一辈子农民,自由自在地在田间劳作,也不愿意进城打工。(3)与其当一个被人们背后唾骂的官员,我宁愿当一辈子普通的教员。(4)我宁愿身居斗室,心底坦然地享受人生,也不愿意住进豪宅而且日思夜虑。(5)"为了免除下一代的苦难,我宁愿,宁愿把敌人的牢底坐穿。"这是一位革命前辈在敌人牢房里写下的誓言。(6)这个女孩儿,为了救母亲,宁愿献出自己的一个肾。 4。用在转折或让步的句子里(常跟上文的"虽然、即使"等呼应),隐含结果相同的意思。[oft. used correlatively with 虽然 or 即使, etc. indicating transition or concession]still;yet (1)虽然你们不再是恋人了,也不能成仇人呀,对不对?(2)虽然你、我们家不很富裕,但父母也为我积攒了出留学的钱 – user6065 Dec 11 '17 at 3:18
  • (3)虽然不同意你的看法,我也不能把自己的观点强加给你呀。(4)即使再苦再累,我也不怕。(5)即使说错了,也没关系,学外语呀,不怕说错,就怕不说(6)即使你不说,我也能理解你的心情。(7)你就是把嘴皮子说破,他也不会改变注意。(8)他就是说得再好呀,我也不会动心的。(9)用不着的东西再便宜也不要买,买了放着也是浪费。(10)这本词典即使再贵也要买,因为实在需要。 – user6065 Dec 11 '17 at 3:18
  • @user6065 Please convert your comment into an answer. – Tsundoku Dec 11 '17 at 17:18
  • 鸭子测试(see Wikipedia if necessary), also if a "comment" is erased and rewritten as "answer" it is dated anew with a much later date – user6065 Dec 11 '17 at 19:08

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

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

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

A lot of people
because they are afraid of appearing fat if they wear long-johns,
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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