Amoy (linguistics)/Complement constructions/traditional

Amoy dialect/Complement constructions/traditional

Complement constructions

As the following example shows, Amoy complement construnctions roughly parallel Standard Mandarin, with some exceptions (in red).

particle English  
adverb He runs quickly. Amoy  
Mandarin  
English He runs obtains quick  
adverb He runs very quickly. Amoy    
Mandarin  
English He runs   very quick  
adverb He does not run quickly. Amoy  
Mandarin  
English He runs not quick  
can He can see. Amoy  
Mandarin  
English He sees obtains already achieved  
can He can not see. Amoy  
Mandarin  
English He sees not already achieved  
so He was so startled, that he could not speak. Amoy 出來
Mandarin 出來
English He startled to the point of words also say not come out

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