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This is 排列成句 ("form a sentence") exercise from a Chinese textbook about measure words:

叶子 / 落下来 / 一片片 / 从 / 树上
量词 训练大全, p.26.

I infer from the Internet (e.g. here) that a (the (?)) correct answer is:

一片片叶子从树上落下来。

But I wonder if two other possibilities are also acceptable:

从树上一片片叶子落下来。
从树上落下来一片片叶子。

Question: Is 一片片叶子从树上落下来 the only correct option?

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  • Yes, both alternatives are acceptable, albeit the original was better. My second choice will be the last sentence 从树上落下来一片片叶子。
    – r13
    Jan 14 at 1:47
  • I'd put: 叶子从树上一片片落下来。There are many alternatives though.
    – dan
    Jan 14 at 3:38
  • 一片片 in 叶子从树上一片片落下来 is an adverb
    – Tang Ho
    Jan 14 at 19:44

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This is 排列成句 ("form a sentence") exercise from a Chinese textbook about measure words:

  1. 一片片叶子从树上落下来。 = one-after-another (measure word) leaf fall from the tree

  2. 叶子一片片(adv)从树上落下来。= The leaves falling one-by-one (adv) from the tree

  3. 从树上(落下)一片片叶子(来)。 = one-after-another(measure word) leaf fall from the tree

  4. 从树上落下(了)一片片叶子 = one-after-another(measure word) leaf has fallen from the tree

  • If you cannot change the character or its order in each phrase, and make 一片片 a measure word (not an adverb) then #1. is the only correct answer.

  • 一片片 in #2 叶子一片片(地)从树上落下来 is an adverb, not a measure word

  • You have to break up 落下 and 来 in #3

  • You have to replace 来 with 了 in #4

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  • I disagree with #4, as both are acceptable, but in 句子重組, the change of a given word is not applicable.
    – r13
    Jan 14 at 16:08
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The reason why "一片片叶子从树上落下来" is the correct answer is because the complete sentence is "秋天到了,一片片叶子从树上落下来"

I suspected that there is more to the sentence because "一片片叶子从树上落下来" somehow seems "incomplete" to me.

So, 秋天到了, 从树上一片片叶子落下来, & 秋天到了 从树上落下来一片片叶子 both therefore sounds awkward.

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