The adverb 又

 

Here are three grammar points for the adverb 又 Yòu

1. when 又 means ‘both… and…

Sentence Structure: 又+ adj +又 + adj

Yòu dà yòu gān jìng
又  大  又  干  净             big and clean

yòu gāo yòu shuài

又  高  又  帅                tall and handsome

yòu shòu yòu xiǎo

 又  瘦  又  小                 thin and little

Sentence Structure: 又 + verb + 又 + verb

Yòu pǎo yòu tiào

又  跑  又  跳     running and jumping

yòu chī yòu hē
又  吃  又  喝          eating and drinking

yòu kū yòu nào
又  哭  又  闹            crying and being annoying, making noises

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2. when 又 means ‘again’

Sentence structure: subj. 又 verb 了

tā yòu chí dào le.

他 又 迟 到 了。  He is late again.

Xióng xiān shēng yòu bèi piàn le.

熊  先  生  又  被  骗  了。Mr Bear is being cheated again. 

Ā gān yòu shī zōng le.

阿 甘 又 失 踪 了。   A gan disappeared again

 

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3. 又 is used to emphasise negation

又+不/没+adj/verb

Wǒ yòu méi zài shuō nǐ, nǐ zài jī dòng shěn me.

我又没在说你,你在激动什么。  

I wasn’t even talking about you, why you getting so agitated.

Wǒ yòu méi zuò cuò, gàn ma yào shuō duì bu qǐ

我又没做错,干嘛要说对不起。

I didn’t even do anything wrong, why should I say sorry. 

wǒ yòu bù dǒng shù xué, nǐ gàn ma yào wǒ bāng nǐ

我又不懂数学,你干嘛要我帮你。

I don’t know anything about maths, why you want me to help you. 

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