Category: Language

Passive Unfortunate

The LA Review of Books’ China Channel recently featured an essay on the passive voice in Mandarin (HT LanguageLog). Entitled “Passive Aggressive,” it explains a particular Mandarin construction of the passive voice that emphasizes that something happened that has a negative connotation. Example: Gōngkè bèi gǒu chī diào le 功課 被 狗 吃掉 了 Homework […]