Say It Right Series

Using 着 to provide a durative background

Posted by go_manly August 21, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.

'Mandarin Chinese - A Functional Grammar' gives the following example on the use of 着:

小狗摇着尾巴跑了。(Xiǎogǒu yáozhe wěiba pǎo le.)

Would it be possible to say this the other way round?

ie. 小狗跑着摇了尾巴。(Xiǎogǒu pǎozhe yáo le wěiba.)

Similarly, could their other examples be switched:

他光着脚上课。(Tā guāngzhe jiǎo shàngkè.)

... 他上着课光脚。(Tā shàngzhe kè guāng jiǎo.)

他哭着跑回家去了。(Tā kūzhe pǎo huíjiā qù le.)

... 他跑着回家去哭了。(Tā pǎozhe huíjiā qù kū le.)

那张画得登着椅子挂。(Nèi zhāng huà děi dēngzhe yǐzi guà.)

... (not sure how I'd reverse this one)

他躺着看报。(Tā tǎngzhe kàn bào.)

... (again not sure - perhaps reduplicate 躺)

Also, is this use of 着 equivalent to saying 一边 ... 一边 ... ?

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