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It is known that the first character in a two-"三声"-character word is prounounced as "二声"。For example,

勇敢 (ㄩㄥˇ ㄍㄢˇ)is usually pronounced as "(ㄩㄥˊ ㄍㄢˇ)".

How about when in a sentence there are some consecutative "三声" characters?

Say the following sentence:


How to pronounce the tones?

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I thought about such questions before as well, it turns out in this case, you would just pronounce the way it flows better for you, for example

qíng nǐ géi lǐ xué zhǔ jiáng jiǎng yóng gǎn dē dá sǐ láo hú zhě

qǐng ní gěi (pause) lǐ xué zhǔ jiáng jiǎng yóng gǎn dē dá sǐ láo hú zhě

You can imagine you are trying to speak out a number whose value is


You would naturally alternate second and third tone.

  • Thanks! In 3.555555555555, is 点 三声 or 二声? – Zuriel Feb 25 at 5:31
  • @Zuriel It would be more natural to me if it is third tone. – zyy Feb 25 at 15:31

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