Comparison and Analysis of Modern Chinese Adverbs “Almost” and “Simply” Based on Corpus
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Yinghua Guo, Yun Tian, Xiaoxia Wang
“Almost” and “Simply” is a pair of adverbs which are very commonly used in modern Chinese, both of them can indicate approximating to a certain situation, but the sentence with the “Almost” generally expresses an objective fact while that with the “Simply” generally expresses the subjective feeling of the speaker; meantime, both of them can be used in a sentence expressing degree, but the “Simply” is higher than “Almost” in expressing a mood. As far as the sentence category as concerned, “Almost” and “Simply” can both be used in declarative sentences and exclamatory sentences; “Almost” can also be used in interrogative sentences.
Almost, Simply, Syntactic structure, Sentence category