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Can anyone give a better definition and preferably an example situation (not just a sentence) where this word would be appropriate? The sentence examples at Nciku aren’t particularly helpful, especially not:
He dares to shuǎlài, I’m not going to play with him!
Ok, so we know it’s one of those adjectival verbs, but what does it mean?!
The example my student gave me today was:
S: You lend me a pen. Then you ask for it back and I say I never borrowed it. That’s shuǎlài.
Me: Ok, so it’s like lying?
S: No. It’s bāoyì 褒义.
Me: Oh really?
And then the “bú shì” bashing started as her classmates shouted that she was wrong and it’s definitely biǎnyì 贬义. Immediately, the original student’s genetic bargaining autopilot took over and she declared it zhōngxìng 中性.