A Chinese Grammar for English Speakers

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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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