Using "yi... wei..."
One of the most elegant grammar patterns is 以 A 为 B (yǐ A wéi B). It is often found in formal writing and speech, and it is also one of the classical Chinese forms that is still in use today. In short, it means "Using A as B" or "taking A as B."
This grammar pattern is as versatile as "using/taking A as B" is in English. We might say "take his example as our standard," "use this piece as an example," or "take charity as our central tenet."
以 + A + 为 + B
Look to the following for some examples of how this pattern can be used
- 以 先进 科技 为 手段，以 发展 生产力 为 目标。
- 许多 外国 企业 在 中国 快速 发展，以 麦当劳 为 例，2000 年 有 50 家，现在 有 500 家。
- 我们 公司 是 以 亚洲 市场 为 主，以 欧美 市场 为 辅。
Commonly used expressions with 以
This grammar structure is often used with couplets and proverbs. Here are a few examples
Phrases like this are often used in government reports, newspapers, and academia.
Sources and further reading
- HSK Standard Course 4下 (pp. 46) Anything Goes (无所不谈) →buy
- Integrated Chinese: Level 2, Part 2 (p. 54-55) →buy
- 卓越汉语－公司实战篇 (p. 135) →buy
- Common Chinese Patterns 330 (汉语常用格式330例) (pp. 275) →buy