xǐhuān (喜欢)

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xǐhuān is used as a transitive verb in practically the same way as like. What is special about its usage is that it can take an object-like sentence, which calls forth heated discussion among syntactians. For instance, wǒ xǐhuān tā lǎoshí, (lit. 'I-like-he-honest') means 'I like it that he is an honest man.'.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(57)
Wǒ xǐhuān Shànghǎi.
wo
1SG
xihuan
like
Shanghai
Shanghai
‘I like Shanghai.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# LIKE Coding set Argument type
1 liker Ø A
2 liked entity Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(156)
‘For one to be liked by others is something happy. / It is something happy for one to be liked by others.’