Dōu 都
(4,573 words)

Dōu 都 is most commonly considered to be a universal or a distributive operator. Discussions on dōu generally center upon its association with expressions preceding it as in (1) (See Focus for discussion on the lián… dōu construction).

1.

a.

那三個學生都來了。

 

 

Nà    sān      ge     xuéshēng  dōu   lái-le.

 

 

that  three  clf  student      dou  come-prf

 

 

‘Those three students all came.’

 

b.

他天天都遲到。

 

 

Tā    tiāntiān  dōu   chí-dào.

 

 

3sg  day.day   dou  late-arrive

 

 

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Cite this page
Lisa Lai-Shen CHENG, “Dōu 都”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 29 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000138>
First published online: 2015



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