Chinese allows for its nouns to be omitted in regular conversation (e.g. Kids and parents can just say “bring!” without saying who’s the bringer or what’s to be brought). Even so, Chinese moms still distinguish different subclasses of verbs by their sentence forms and Chinese learning children, too, show sensitivity to the sentence structure of verbs. They also seem to learn verbs quicker than English learners!
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