gēchàng (歌唱)

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chàng is used mainly as a transitive verb, but sometimes it may function as an intransitive one, omitting its object. A much better equivalent for sing used as an intransitive verb would be gēchàng (lit. 'sing-sing') which is a compound verb consisting of two synonymous verbs. But when it is reversed as chànggē (lit. 'sing-song'), it becomes a VO structure. gēchàng is more formal than chàng.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Example

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Tóngxuémen dàshēng gēchàng.
tongxue-men
classmate-PL
dasheng
loudly
gechang
sing
‘The classmates sang loudly.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SING Coding set Argument type
1 singer Ø A
2 song 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
N y