Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

China and the Chinese

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,744 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.9
LoC Categories: G, H
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 1,511
Added to site: 2006.03.21
mnybks.net#: 12898
Origin: gutenberg.org
Excerpt

hed":--

[ta lái liao] t'a lai lo = "he come finish," = "he has come."

This may be turned into the definite past tense by inserting some indication of time; e.g.

[ta zao shàng lái liao] = "he came this morning."

Here we see that the same words may be indefinite or definite according to circumstances.

It is perhaps more startling to find that the same words may be both active and passive.

Thus, [diu] tiu is the root-idea of "loss," "to lose," and [liao] puts it into the past tense.

Now [wo diu liao] means, and can only mean, "I have lost"--something understood, or to be expressed. Strike out [wo] and substitute [shiu] "a book." No Chinaman would think that the new sentence meant "The book has lost"--something understood, or to be expressed, as for instance its cover; but he would grasp at once the real sense, "The book is or has been lost."

In the case of such, a phrase as "The book has lost" its cover, quite

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Madison Kent
Growing up, Madison Kent has always been fascinated by the mere fact that Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious murders ever known, escaped justice. She would dream of her own alternative version of the facts and decided to write her own story, in which the suspects are totally different people. As our author of the day, Kent chats about this book of hers, Stalking Jack, how much research she did on London and Whitechapel and how her characters were conceived.
Read full interview...