Modal Verbs, Premodern
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Chinese does not distinguish different moods in the morphology of the verb; at all times modal values such as necessity and possibility can be realized by lexical means, i.e., modal auxiliary verbs and modal adverbs. Additionally, sentential mood (declarative, imperative, interrogative, or exclamatory) can be expressed by a number of sentence-final particles. In t…

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Barbara MEISTERERNST, “Modal Verbs, Premodern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000273>
First published online: 2015



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