The Pleco dictionary mentions the construction 连A带B meaning "both A and B" in the definition of 连, but I can't find any other discussion of this structure.
I see it in fixed expressions like 连滚带爬 (lit "both rolling and crawling", but figuratively "frantically trying to escape") and 连踢带打 (lit "to kick and hit").
- Can it be used to link anything together, or is it only used in fixed expressions?
- In fixed expressions A and B are both verbs. Does it only work for verbs?
- I've found what appear to be examples of 连A带B带C to connect 3 things together. Does it work for as many things as you want?
- Does it add any emphasis or other flavor to A+B? Simultaneity? Intensity?