6 March 2014

Grammar: Reduplication of verbs

This is one of the curiosities of the Chinese language, duplication of a verb. The purpose is to indicate that the action to take is short in time or does not involve a lot of effort. This connotation has no literal English translation, so you should use additional English words to translate it.

Monosyllabic verbs
A verb + A verb or A verb + A verb


Děng děng

Děng yī děng
Wait (for a while)

Disyllabic verbs
AB verb + AB verb

Xiūxí xiūxí

Rest (for a while)