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wǒ kàn de dào
phr. I can see
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In this short phrase V得到/ V不到, this structure is a verb potential complement, indicating whether the action will possibly achieve a result or reach a state. So it is translated as "I can see"
A translation as "I did see" in this case would not be correct as would indicate a result. And in a structure of verb complement of result, 得 is never involved. 看到,没看到 Because the complement of result and its head word are very closely linked -- 得 is not used to link them.
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