Loanwords in Chinese
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Loanwords in Chinese

Like any other language, the history of Chinese language is not an isolated case. During the ancient time, along with the migration and the commerce with other mid-east countries, a lot of words were already introduced to China, such as 石榴shíliú(pomegranate) and 狮子shīzi(lion). Some words were borrowed from Buddhist scriptures, including 佛fó (Buddha) and 菩萨púsà...

The word 给gěi
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The word 给gěi

The word 给gěi as a verb means “to give”. The thing with Chinese is that the roles of the words are flexible, like here 给 can also be a preposition, it is used to indicate the recipient or beneficiary of the mentioned action, like “to/ for” in English. With 给gěi as a verb, the sentence...