Haz (kapitankraut) wrote in linguaphiles,

Chinese-English question

I've been in a class recently with a student who was born in Hong Kong and therefore picked up English as a second language, so it often clashes with whichever dialect/type of Chinese he speaks natively.
Most of the grammatical problems he has are the normal ones for native Chinese speakers (confusing genders, that kind of thing), but one which I've noticed in particular is an unusual past-tense formation. He frequently - but not all the time - adds an extra "-ed" to a past-tense verb. So a book he was talking about today was "publisheded" in a given year, for example, and the author "argueded" that certain things were true.
Is there a particular part of his native grammar that would be influencing this formation?
Tags: chinese, english, grammar

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