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Why is it SOV (and not SVO) in 我可以跟她约会?

Chinese is supposed to be (Subject-Verb-Object) SVO right? (as I learnt, of course) then why in this sentence 我可以跟她约会 does 约会 mean "to date"? It's a verb I presume, why is it (Subject-Object-Verb)...
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Passive object position in 是…的 structure?

I came across the following sentences: 1. 电话是谁打来的? Diànhuà shì shuí dǎlái de? Who was calling? 晚饭是妈妈做的。 Wǎnfàn shì māma zuò de. Mom made dinner. Which literally is something like: The phone call ...
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Why does 喜欢 go before 跟 in 他喜欢跟她在一起?

I am somewhat new to Chinese and was learning “跟”. One of the sentences is "he likes to be with her" and 我的老师 says the correct form is 他喜欢跟她在一起。 Would anyone be capable of breaking down ...
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Word order in “出去了几个人。”

“出去了几个人。”这句话是从汉语规范词典: 出去 chūqù 动 从里面到外面, 离开说话人所在的位置 出去买菜 | 他出去了 | 出去了几个人。 注意 “去”口语中有时读轻声。 但是对我来说不太清楚。“出去了几个人。”跟“几个人出去了。”,意思一样吗? I think “几个人出去了。” could be translated by “a few ...
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Why is 的 at the end of phrases such as 那是他们的 and 钱他们的?

I'm confused with the possessive particle 的, it was explained to me as 's in English and "of" something. Like, Y的X becomes X of Y. 那是他们的。 他们的是那。 Here are two sentences that from that logic ...