Friday, June 17, 2016

What does 行將 (행장) mean?

On Page 25 of "Du's Handbook of Classical Chinese Grammar," the following sentence appeared:
Mr. Lee (李氏) soon (行) will (將) return (歸). Why not (盍), for awhile (姑), wait for (待) him (之)?
行, by itself, can be used as an adverb meaning "soon" or "before long," and 將 can be used as an auxiliary verb meaning "will," so 行將 translates as "will soon." The Korean equivalent is 곧. Notice that the adverb (行) comes before both the auxilliary verb (將) and the main verb (歸).


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