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All the examples in this article are of two syllable adjectives, but reduplication also occurs with one-syllable adjectives.

If a reduplicated adjective has two syllables A and B, it is reduplicated as AA BB.

这个地方冷冷清清的,看起来不太安全。 Zhège dìfang lěnglěng qīngqīng de,kànqǐlái bú tài ānquán.
‘This place is deserted, and it doesn't look very safe.’

Use of reduplicated adjectives as adverbs

她高高兴兴地出门去逛街。 Tā gāogāo xìngxìng de chūmén qù guàngjiē.
‘She happily goes out and goes shopping.’

我轻轻松松就把这些数据计算出来了。 Wǒ qīngqīng sōngsōng jiù bǎ zhèxiē shùjù jìsuànchūláile.
‘I calculated these data very easily.’

他神神秘秘地过来说:你猜我看到什么? Tā shénshén mìmì de guòlái shuō:nǐ cāi wǒ kàndào shénme?
‘He comes over mysteriously and says to me: guess what I’ve seen.’

她爸爸匆匆忙忙过来给她送伞。 Tā bàba cōngcōng mángmáng guòlái gěi tā sòng sǎn.
‘Her father came over hastily to give her the umbrella.’

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