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skillphiliac

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Hey!

So I just stumbled across this construction while doing my HSK vocabulary. In this list it is explained as "an emphatic sentence structure to describe the smallest unit of the subject".

Since I don't have the HSK grammar book yet, and I haven't found material on the net, I would appreciate if someone were to explain it to me in an easy to understand way.

While I'm at it: Does someone have reliable ressources concerning the grammar required for respective HSK level? I would be very thankful for some.

Either way, thanks for your help!

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I really don't know about a grammar overview for HSK. Probably the best thing to do is to buy one of the HSK preparation books and work through it.

Back to the topic, it's not (just) a 一...也 construct, it can also be used as a (question word) + 也 + negative construct. Consider this:

谁也没有你好 Nobody is as good as you

什么也没有 There is nothing

You can also use 都 instead of 也, especially if you're trying to express ideas like "nobody", "not a single one". With uncountable things, I'd use 也, but that's just a gut feeling, and they are probably completely interchangeable.

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Skillphiliac, which level are you going to take? If taking the 初、中等 check this out: http://www.wisdeal.com/hsk.html

It's basically grammar/construction fill in the blank exercises, and there's explanations on usage. If you're in China, you can get the whole book from here.

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