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Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign
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Janet Zhiqun Xing

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097629

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097629.001.0001

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Sentences

Sentences

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(p.133) 6 Sentences
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Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language
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Janet Zhiqun Xing

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622097629.003.0006

This chapter discusses Chinese sentences which are regarded as the basic unit for studying a language. In this chapter the different sentences in Mandarin Chinese are discussed and differentiated. These two types of Chinese sentences are largely based on their word order, function, and frequency in communication. These sentences fall into the categories of basic sentence construction and unique sentence construction. In addition to the discussion of Chinese sentence constructions, the chapter also provides a demonstration of the common practices in the teaching and learning of the unique constructions at American colleges and universities. The chapter also provides recommended classroom activities to further understanding of Chinese sentence constructions. Included as well in the chapter are issues on the subordinate clauses of the Chinese language.

Keywords:   Chinese sentences, sentences, sentence construction, classroom activities, subordinate clauses

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