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The Same

Mandarin Comparative Using Yi Yang


To say that two things are the same, use the Mandarin Chinese yí yàng in this pattern:

Noun1 gēn / hé noun2 yí yàng.

Things can also have the same properties, indicated by a Stative Verb (SV). Use this pattern:

Noun1 gēn / hé noun2 yí yàng SV.

The Stative Verb (SV) is a verb describing a state or condition which is quite static. Examples of Stative Verbs are tall; expensive; and important.

The Nouns can also be noun-phrases such as such as “those people,” or “the tables in this room.”

Gēn / Hé

Either gēn or can be used as the joiner between the two nouns being compared, which in this context are translated as “and”.

Examples of Yí Yàng

This tea cup and that tea cup are the same.
Zhègè chábēi gēn nèigè chábēi yíyàng.
(trad) 這個茶杯跟那個茶杯一樣。
(simp) 这个茶杯跟那个茶杯一样。

My father and I are equally tall. (I am as tall as my father.)
Bàba gēn wǒ yíyàng gāo.
(trad) 爸爸跟我一樣高。
(simp) 爸爸跟我一样高。
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