(撕)

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is used as a transitive verb. As the verb in itself usually implicates the information of the end result of tearing, it does not need a complement to denote the result when it is used in BEI and BA constructions, though the use of the complement (e.g. sī pò , lit. 'tear-broken', or sī suì, lit 'tear-smashed') is also possible.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(13)
Háizi sī le yīběn shū.
haizi
kid
si-le
tear-PERF
yi-ben
one-CL
shu
book
‘The kid tore a book.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# TEAR Coding set Argument type
1 tearer Ø A
2 torn thing Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
R y
(107)
‘He tore the ticket.’
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(233)
‘This kind of paper is easy to tear.’
C
N y
C
R y
(234)
‘The ticket was torn by him.’