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International Journal of Educational Innovation and Science, 2023, 4(1); doi: 10.38007/IJEIS.2023.040109.

A Corpus-based Study on Chinese Translation of the Be-Passive in Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects


Meiqi Xu, Ruozhu Peng and Yuhan Qiu

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Meiqi Xu

School of Foreign Languages, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, Sichuan, China


This paper is a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods that examines the linguistic features of the be-passive and their Chinese translation forms from three dimensions: formal, semantic, and pragmatic. The data is from the self-built English-Chinese parallel corpus of Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects. Our statistics show that the English be-passive constructions are translated into 11 Chinese translation forms, such as active sentence, notional sentence, and attributive construction. But only 10% of the be-passive are converted into Chinese passive sentence. Although the passive are common both in English and Chinese, it is hard to achieve an equivalent translation from English to Chinese due to the considerable differences in the formal, semantic, pragmatic, and other aspects. The result of this paper can be helpful in further understanding the essential differences between English and Chinese.


Be-passive, FIDIC, Corpus-based

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Meiqi Xu, Ruozhu Peng and Yuhan Qiu. A Corpus-based Study on Chinese Translation of the Be-Passive in Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects . International Journal of Educational Innovation and Science (2023), Vol. 4, Issue 1: 109-117. https://doi.org/10.38007/IJEIS.2023.040109.


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