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Take a look at this sentence.

那刘姥姥进了大观园,还要土里土气

For some reason I translate this sentence as "Compared to A, B is more ...", though this doesn't make any sense to me.

Although I found this sentence in a song (which I think could be incorrect), I'm curious if this is a correct and valid sentence. Is this a correct sentence? If it is correct, what nouns are being referred to? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Why do you think it doesn't make sense? "A" refers to the thing of "刘姥姥进大观园". – songyuanyao Jan 5 '18 at 9:53
  • I think so, but since "比” requires two nouns to compare, what does "B" refer to? I can't find the second noun. I'm thinking "B" refers to "我". Is this correct? – Reynaldi Jan 5 '18 at 9:59
  • Ohh, yes, the subject is missed here. If it is "我", then the whole sentence means "I'm more 土里土气 than 刘姥姥 when she entered 大观园". – songyuanyao Jan 5 '18 at 10:03
  • Yes, that was my thinking. So, does that means the sentence is wrong? – Reynaldi Jan 5 '18 at 10:11
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    No. The subject is just omitted, but it's still there. We can get it from the context. – songyuanyao Jan 5 '18 at 10:12
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[ (object),还要 (adjective)] = [ more (adjective), compare to (object)]

  • 比[那刘姥姥进了大观园],还要[土里土气]

  • 那刘姥姥进了大观园 is the object phrase

  • 土里土气 is the adjective phrase

The subject is omitted in this sentence, but it is there.

You have to have a subject to compare to an object: "Subject' (omitted) [那刘姥姥进了大观园],还要 [土里土气]"

The subject can be a noun, or another phrase

  • That means if oneself says the sentence, you can omit the subject. Am I right? – Reynaldi Jan 5 '18 at 10:16
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    It means 'who' or 'what' is the subject is obvious, base on the context. A sentence before this one must had indicated who or what the subject is. – Tang Ho Jan 5 '18 at 10:18
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比那刘姥姥进了大观园,还要土里土气

it is correct,but is not commenly use in modern now

It is means something(A) is lower than the (B)刘姥姥进了大观园,

but the subject(A) is missing,you should fond in the context!

  • can you spell check your post? – Tang Ho Jan 5 '18 at 16:41

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