Questions tagged [separable-verbs]

Separable verbs (or: verb-object compounds) are verbs that can be separated, such as 睡觉 within 睡一个好觉.

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他游了一个小时的泳. What is the grammar rule for separating 游 and 泳

In duolingo chinese course I came across this sentence. 他游了一个小时的泳. What is the grammar rule for separating 游 and 泳 ? And why "的" in "一个小时的" ?
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Does 下 in 吃不下饭 convey any meaning?

我们着急得吃不下饭,睡不好觉。 I understand that 好 in 睡不好觉 adds the meaning of "well", so "sleep well" instead of "sleep", but does 下 in 吃不下饭 change anything?
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What's the meaning of 龙舟队分哪个两个组?

What is the meaning of this sentence? 龙舟队分哪个两个组? Moreover, is 分组 a separable verb 离合动词, or is it a verb and a noun? I haven't found grammar references that explain the verb in question. I'm confused ...
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Using Dual-Character Verbs When Not Necessary

I am having trouble determining whether using both characters in a dual-character verb is always necessary. I am unsure about intransitive vs transitive verbs and am trying to better understand the ...
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Double (overlapping) separable verbs?

I have recently come across this sentence: 她惊讶得说不出话来 Which I couldn't understand for a while, but now it seems like 说话 and 出来 overlap: 说 话 出 来 Is this a normal thing to happen in Chinese, ...
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Are there common rules about the usage of verb-object compounds?

Before jumping into my question, please forgive me if this question has ever been asked by someone else (I didn't find one though), but could someone please explain to me the rules (or the way) of ...
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Which online resources (preferably open source / cc) does contain info on which Chinese verbs is separable?

Some Chinese verbs are separable (also called verb-object compounds), that is: 他今天上三個鐘頭的課 (He/she had three hours of class today) Where 上課 is a separable verb. As there is no rules on which verbs ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of separable verbs (离合动词) anywhere?

Problem: I need to find and compile a list of separable verbs / 离合词. Searching the internet I have managed to collect a list of 65 verbs which of course is not enough. Some examples of separable verbs ...