In the link below, the wiki page talks about 给 in this structure.

Subj. + 给 + Target + [Verb Phrase]


But I don't understand 晚饭妈妈做了面条给我们吃。

The part before 给 is not a subject. Rather, it's a complete sentence. How would you explain this grammar?



It is a [topic + comment/ opinion] grammar structure

晚饭 (dinner) is a topic

妈妈做了面条给我们吃。(mother made noodle for us to eat) is a comment

The comment here is a basic [Subject +V + object]

  • You can replace the topic, e.g. Change 晚饭 to 午餐 and write "午餐妈妈做了面条" = "(for) lunch, mom made noodle"

  • You can replace the comment, e.g. Change 面条 to 饺子 and "晚饭妈妈做了饺子" = "(for) dinner, mom made dumplings"

Similar example:

Topic: 工作 (works)

Comment: 很难找到 (very hard to find)

  • Topic + comment sentence: 工作很难找到 (works are very hard to find )

  • SVO sentence: 很难找到工作 (it is hard to find works)

Using [topic + comment sentence] emphasize the topic

  • I understand is a topic comment structure now. What I don’t understand is 给我们吃 structure after the comment. Where is that grammar point.
    – ANTXON
    Nov 7 '19 at 22:03
  • 給 before the object “us” is functioning as “for”
    – Tang Ho
    Nov 7 '19 at 22:46

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