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Reduplication of certain verbs and adding an 一 (yī) can change the degree of something to "a little bit".


One way to reduplicate verbs is to insert 一 (yī), in the following structure:

Verb + 一 + Verb

As with simple verb reduplication, this creates a sense that the verb is done briefly or "a little bit".


  • 给 我 看 一 看Give me a little look.
  • 听 一 听(You) Listen a bit.
  • 试 一 试(You) Go and try it a bit.

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