English Grammar for Students of Chinese:
The Study Guide for Those Learning Chinese
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Supplement your textbook with the English Grammar for Studens of Chinese — learn Chinese grammar by strenghening your knowledge of the English grammatical terms your Chinese textbook assumes you know.
You will learn: see the English Grammar for Students of Chinese Table of Contents
Parts of speech — how to identifyEnglish and Chinese nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions . . .
Question: Why learn parts of speech?
So you’ll be able to apply the correct rules
Example: The verb shì to be is omitted if it precedes an adjective, but it is not omitted if it precedes a noun.
Functions of words — how to identifyEnglish and Chinese subjects, direct and indirect objects . . .
Question: Why learn the functions of words?
So you’ll know how to structure Chinese
Example: In an English sentence, the indirect object can precede the direct object, but in Chinese the
direct object always precedes the indirect object.
Grammatical terms — explanation of English and Chinese phrase, clause, possessive . . .
Question: Why learn grammatical terms?
So you’ll be able to structure a Chinese sentence correctly.
Example: Recognizing the different types of clauses enables you to place them in the correct sequence
in a Chinese sentence.
Step-by-step analysis of examples — how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Chinese structure, see Chapter 28 of the O&H Chinese Study Guide.
Question: Why offer a step-by-step analysis of examples?
So you’ll know how to get from an English structure
to a Chinese structure.
Example: The book I read was interesting.
Wo kàn de nà ben shu hen yòuyisi.
(word-for-word: I to read that book very interesting)
"This book is like a gold mine.
It has in one source all the terms
I haven’t fully grasped . . . It has helped me to reach a whole
new level of understanding
in my studies."
—Jet Axtell, Brigham Young University, Idaho
Each chapter of English Grammar for Students of Chinese covers a grammar point
- English grammar is explained as it relates to English, with examples
- Chinese grammar is explained as it relates to Chinese
- examples in Chinese with word-for-word meaning and grammatical identification
Chinese words in the body of the text are in pinyin. The Chinese charaters for all of the examples are shown in the back of the book by page and line number.