Chinese Grammar: Lesson Part 2: Two more ways to say just a little bit
You learned recently that 一下 is used to do something briefly (go here to read that lesson). Two other structures and patterns have the same function and also show you want to do something just a little bit. Let's see what they are and how they work!
In Chinese, you can repeat certain things to show you’ll be doing them "a little bit", or that they are happening briefly. It gives the whole sentence a more relaxed and casual tone. It also sounds cuter. Kid books in Chinese are full of verb reduplications!
Subject + Verb + Verb + Object
The "Verb 一 Verb" pattern
This pattern works in the same way as the "VV" pattern we just saw; just insert a 一 between both verbs! It also softens the tone of the sentence and makes it sound more relaxed.
Subject + Verb + 一 + Verb + Object
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