In this HSK 3 video lesson we'll learn how to say more and more in Chinese or less and less in Chinese with the structure 越来越, and how to say "given/admitting the fact that..., however..." in Chinese with a type of 是字句(Shìzìjù ▸ The 是 Sentence).
We can use this structure to say more and more in Chinese or less and less in Chinese. Depending on the context, what is stated by the predicates is becoming higher in degree or lower in degree.
The 谓语 (Wèiyǔ ▸ Predicate) following 越来越 can be
|☑ Compare 越来越 (more and more; less and less) with 更(gèng, adv. ▸ more) and 比(bǐ, prep. ▸ comparing with).|
This structure can be considered as a type of 是字句 (Shìzìjù ▸ The 是 Sentence), which indicates 让步 (ràngbù ▸ concession).
|☑ 是字句 refers to Sentences where 是 is used as the Verb Predicate. There are many different types of 是字句. We have learned 是字句 that indicates "equation" and "classification" before.|
In this structure, 但是, 但, 可是, 可, the four of them are interchangeable. For example, these four sentences have the same meaning.
TRANSLATION: (Admitting the face that) living here is convenient, but (it is) too expensive.
Also in this structure, A is usually an adj. phrase, but some v. phrase can also be used in here.