Chinese grammar: Basic comparisons with "yiyang"

As well as with "比"and "没有", there is a third way to make basic comparisons: with "一样" (yīyàng).
Rather than expressing that two things differ regarding a particular quality, 一样 is used to express that two things are the same in some way.

Basic Structure:
The simple structure is used for stating that two things are equal:
Subject + 跟/和/像+Noun + 一样


Měi ɡuó ɡēn yīnɡ ɡuó bú tài yí yànɡ.
美国 跟 英国 不 太 一样。
America and England are not too similar.

Structure with Adjective:
To add an adjective into the mix, just place it after 一样:
Noun 1+跟/和/像 + noun2 +一样 + adjective

This describes Noun 1 as being as adjective as Noun 2.


Xiǎo ɡǒu xiànɡ xiǎo māo yí yànɡ kě ài.
小狗 像 小猫 一样 可爱。
Puppies and kittens are equally cute.

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