DE IN Focus SENTENCES: FROM D TO T
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This chapter sets out to investigate the syntactic and categorial status of the element de found in clause-final position in Mandarin Chinese cleft-type sentences such as (1), and also attempts to account for the alternation found where the object optionally appears positioned after de as in (2):
(1) wo shi zuotian mai piao de. I BE yesterday buy ticket DE
(2) wo shi zuotian mai de piao. I BE yesterday buy DE ticket
'It was yesterday that I bought the ticket.'