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Manoz

Hi, recently came across a sentence in a textbook that I'm having trouble understanding:

写这本书的人大概是借用这个意思,希望这十七课书能象一座桥一样, 把被语言隔开的外国人民和中国人民连在一起。

Any help is much appreciated. Just confused really at ba/bei being used together and generally the meaning of the part in bold.

谢谢!

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skylee
把被语言隔开的外国人民和中国人民连在一起

Look at the sentence this way -

把 [被语言隔开的外国人民和中国人民] 连在一起 = 把 [他們] 连在一起

and [他們] = foreign people and Chinese people who are separated (passive voice - 被隔开) by languages

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Manoz

That's much clearer now. Thank you very much! :D

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Meng Lelan

The phrase 一座桥一样 would probably clue you in on the meaning of the upcoming phrase. If you note the reference to a bridge, it would remind you that the book intends to be a bridge between two sides that are separated BY ( 被)the language barrier. That's how I see it. Skylee's explanation is even better, but the context would help also in understanding.

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