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#REDIRECT[[Verb reduplication]]
Reduplication of certain verbs and adding an 一 (yī) can change the degree of something to "a little bit".
== Structure ==
One way to reduplicate verbs is to insert 一 (yī), in the following structure:
<div class="jiegou">
Verb + 一 + Verb
As with simple [[verb reduplication]], this creates a sense that the verb is done briefly or "a little bit".
== Examples ==
<div class="liju">
* 给 我 <em>看 一 看</em> 。<span class="trans">Let me look a little.</span>
* 你 <em>听 一 听</em> 。<span class="trans">(You) Listen a bit.</span>
* 去 <em>试 一 试</em> 。<span class="trans">(You) Go and try it a bit.</span>
* 请 老师 给 我们 <em>说 一 说</em>。<span class="trans">Teacher, please explain it to us a little.</span>
* 我 跟 你 <em>练 一 练</em> 中文 吧。<span class="trans">Practice Chinese a little bit with me.</span>
* 我们 出去<em>走 一 走</em> 吧。<span class="trans">Let's go out side to walk for a bit.</span>
* 别 生气 了,<em>笑 一 笑</em> 嘛!<span class="trans">Don't get mad, laugh a little bit!</span>
* 周末 的 时候 我们 想 去 杭州 <em>玩 一 玩</em> 。<span class="trans">When it's the weekend, we should think about going to Hangzhou for some fun.</span>
* 你 <em>问 一 问</em> 他们 厕所 在 哪里。<span class="trans">(You), ask them a bit where the bathroom is.</span>
* 我 可以 <em>用 一 用</em> 你 的 电脑 吗?<span class="trans">Can I use your computer for a little bit?</span>
Note: The structure in the above sentences can also omit the "一" and maintain their meaning, for example, 看看, 听听, 试试, 说说, 练练, 走走, 笑笑, 玩玩, 问问, and 用用.
==See also==
== Sources and Further Reading ==
=== Books ===
* [[New Practical Chinese Reader 2 (新实用汉语课本2)]] (p. 18) [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/7561911297/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=allset-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=7561911297 →buy]
* [[Contemporary Chinese 1 (当代中文1)]] (p. 125) [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/7800528804/ref%3das_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=allset-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=7800528804 →buy]
* [[Practicing HSK Grammar (语法精讲精炼)]] (pp. 152-160) [http://www.amazon.cn/mn/detailApp/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&tag=allset-23&linkCode=as2&asin=B001N6R7DI&camp=536&creative=3132&creativeASIN=B001N6R7DI →buy]
[[Category:A2 grammar points]]
{{Basic Grammar|一|A2|V + 一 + V|我 看 <em>一</em> 看。你 试 <em>一</em> 试。|grammar point|?}}
{{Used for|Decreasing formality}}
{{Used for|Describing actions}}
{{Used for|Expressing duration}}
{{Subprop|Sentence Patterns}}

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