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我每天吃吃睡睡,从来不运动,吃饱就睡,醒了,就吃,怎么还是不胖。

I wonder why the writer didn’t add 了 after “吃饱” whereas they added 了 after 醒.

I know what 了 indicates here, it’s just that I don’t know why the writer didn’t treat “吃饱就睡” and “醒了就吃” equally.

1) Is it for the sake of “even amount of characters (4 - 4)”?

Then...

2) Is it okay if I add 了 after 吃饱 > “吃饱(了)就睡”?

  • One trivial question to add :

A native once corrected me for not putting 都 after 每天, then why doesn’t this one have 都 in it though?

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    some users might suggest it has sth. to do with 吃饱 consisting of verb followed by result complement while 腥 is a monosyllabic verb by itself, thus it seems to add clarity to add 了, it also seems 了 can be added after 吃饱 – user6065 Jun 16 at 9:25
  • @user6065 oh, good one! Thank you for telling me that! Seems like what you said is true, 饱 already shows a result! 😆 Let’s wait for other answers to come – Agnes Jun 16 at 9:36
  • just as indicated by below answer, rhythm is an important factor – user6065 Jun 16 at 16:20
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Overall, your analysis is correct. It's indeed for the sake of “even amount of characters (4 - 4)” in this case. It might be more obvious if it writes: "吃饱就睡,醒了就吃" or "吃饱就睡,睡醒就吃".

吃饱了就睡 is also correct.

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了 is omitted to match the 4 syllables of the following sentence. 吃了就睡,醒了就吃 also works nice.

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