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Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study

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Passive constructions in English and Chinese : a corpus-based contrastive study. / Xiao, Richard; McEnery, Tony; Qian, Yufang.

In: Languages in Contrast, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2006, p. 109-149.

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Xiao, Richard ; McEnery, Tony ; Qian, Yufang. / Passive constructions in English and Chinese : a corpus-based contrastive study. In: Languages in Contrast. 2006 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 109-149.

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