potential complement / result complement

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Uticens678

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Italiano
Good morning to everyone!
I would like to understand the difference between the result complement (结果补语) and the potential complement (可能补语); as far as I've been able to understand they both express the fact that the action expressed by the verb they refer to is realized succesfully, but the differences existing between them aren't clear to me...
I appreciate any attempt to help me; thank you all in advance! :D
 
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  • Messquito

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    Chinese - Taiwan 中文 Taiwanese Hokkien 臺語
    The result complement simply denotes that the action reaches some outcome.
    The potential complement is not about the fact whether the actions reaches some outcome but about "such probability".
    我走上燈塔,希望在那裡看得到(potential)對面的島,而當我睜開眼睛一,我看到(result)了!
    I walked up the light house, hoping I could see the island from there, and when I opened my eyes and looked, I saw it!
     

    KK_Tse

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    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Good morning to everyone!
    I would like to understand the difference between the result complement (结果补语) and the potential complement (可能补语); as far as I've been able to understand they both express the fact that the action expressed by the verb they refer to is realized succesfully, but the differences existing between them aren't clear to me...
    I appreciate any attempt to help me; thank you all in advance! :D
    Do you have any typical examples in mind?
     
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