Chinese clutch words illustrate a specific phenomenon and are generally believed in academic circle to be the expressions when used together and phrases when divided. However, they are not the equivalent of expressions or phrases and instead, they have their own particularities. The distinctiveness of the clutch Chinese characters has attracted the attention as well as concern of the academic circle, and the discussions related to the clutches have been carried out from the aspects of classification, identification, causes, expansion form, functions and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. By summarizing and studying the clutch words in A Modern Chinese Dictionary (Seventh Edition), the author finds that the expansion of the clutch words can be divided into strong and weak ones and holds that they should be regarded as a continuum of law discovery so as to better understand and apply them.
Journal of Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology (Social Science Edition)
a modern Chinese dictionary