You must have seen verbs being repeated in Chinese language, like the one below:
学习学习 (xuéxí xuéxí)
No, it’s not a mistake. Verbs are reduplicated as shown above to denote short duration of actions. It can also be used to express an attempt. Reduplication of verbs softens the tone of a sentence, making it more relaxed and informal.
The reduplicated form of monosyllabic verbs is A一A, and the reduplicated form of disyllabic verbs is ABAB:
看一看(kàn yī kàn)
想一想(xiǎng yī xiǎng)
Let’s look at some examples of how they are used in sentences:
Wǒ kěyǐ kàn yī kàn ma?
Can I look at it quickly?
Wǒ xiǎng gēn tāmen rènshi rènshi
I want to meet them