Repeated Adverbs

Mandarin words are often doubled, as in 謝謝 /谢谢 xièxie (thanks). There are several reason for this. Sometimes the words are doubled because they sound better this way. Xiè sounds a bit awkward on its own, and by doubling it, we also increase our gratitude. Here are some other uses of doubled words.
Repeated Adverbs

Adverbs are often repeated in the pattern:

    ADVERB ADVERB 地 (de)

In this pattern the adverb precedes the verb, as in this example:

     Tāmen màn màn de zǒu guòlái.
    They walked over slowly.

Negative Form

To create the negative form of this pattern, 沒有 (méiyǒu) is place before the adverb:

    Tā méiyǒu guāi guāi de zuò zháo.
    He (the child) didn’t sit properly.

Examples of Repeated Adverbs

Here are a few more examples of the repeated adverb pattern:

    Tā tōutōu de bǎ lǐwù cáng qǐlai.
    He secretly hid the present.

    Tā méiyǒu qīngqīng de bǎ mén guān shàng.
    She didn’t close the door quietly.

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