9. BRIEF DURATIONAL

+ () + reduplicated verb

Stating how one anticipates the object will be dealt with.

Completed action uses le instead of . The sentence may need to take a clause.

 

9.1 Qǐng zhi ki biǎo xiūxiu. 

请把这块表修修。(same in meaning as + + reduplicated verb)

Please fix this watch.

 

9.2 Qǐng zhi ki biǎo xiū yi xiū. 

请把这块表修一修。(same in meaning as + reduplicated verb)

Please fix this watch.

 

9.3 zhi ki biǎo xiū-le xiū, xinzi yu nng zǒu le. 

她把这块表修了修, 现在又能走了。(-le + verb)

She fixed the watch a little bit and now its working again.

 

Note: Monosyllabic verbs when reduplicated can take or le inbetween, as in 9.2 and 9.3. Disyllabic verbs when reduplicated may not do the same. So it would be wrong to say jiěsh yi jiěsh解释一解释explain or jiěsh le jiěsh解释了解释.