A Chinese Grammar for English Speakers

Peking University Press


A Chinese Grammar for English Speakers offers a systematic presentation and careful explanations of Chinese grammar, including the use of punctuation and copious amounts of cultural and historical information about the Chinese language. One unique feature of this grammar is its comparative approach: it explicates and compares Chinese grammar with that of English and points out the areas of differences and similarities, thus making the Chinese language more accessible to English learners. Another distinguishing feature of this grammar is its basis in praxis rather than theory; it is user-friendly and avoids jargon. It may serve as both a reference grammar and a pedagogical grammar and provides a wealth of illustrative sentences with pinyin and English translations along with a wide range of vocabulary. It presents grammar from the broad spectrum of humanities rather than from a single, isolated discipline or via a long list of dry rules.


Foreword Preface

Part One: Parts of Speech

Part One Introduction

Chapter 1 Nouns

Chapter 2 Pronouns

Chapter 3 Verbs

Chapter 4 Auxiliary Verbs

Chapter 5 Adjectives

Chapter 6 Adverbs

Chapter 7 Numerals

Chapter 8 Measure Words

Chapter 9 Prepositions

Chapter 10 Conjunctions

Part Two: Parts of Sentence

Part Two Introduction

Chapter 11 Subject, Verb, and Object

Chapter 12 Attributives

Chapter 13 Adverbials

Chapter 14 Complements

Part Three: Special Sentence Patterns

Part Three Introduction

Chapter 15 Verbless Predicates

Chapter 16 Emphatic Constructions

Chapter 17 Copular Sentences

Chapter 18 The Bǎ Construction

Chapter 19 The Bèi Sentence

Chapter 20 Existential Sentences

Chapter 21 Comparisons

Chapter 22 Pivotal Sentences

Part Four: Sentence Types

Part Four Introduction Chapter

23 Interrogative Sentences Chapter

24 Imperative Sentences

Chapter 25 Exclamatory Sentences

Part Five: Time and Aspects

Part Five Introduction

Chapter 26 Present, Past, and Future

Chapter 27 The Perfective Aspect

Chapter 28 The Transformative Aspect

Chapter 29 The Experiential Aspect

Chapter 30 The Progressive Aspect

Chapter 31 The Durative Aspect

Part Six: Punctuation Marks

Part Six Introduction

Chapter 32 Commas

Chapter 33 Separation Marks

Chapter 34 Indication Marks

Appendix I Characters and Words

Appendix II Chinese Radicals

Appendix III Chinese Phonetic Transcription

Bibliography Index


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