Grammar

Differences between ‘口’、 ‘名’、‘位’、‘个’?

  口 (kǒu) ,名 (míng),位 (wèi),个 (gè) are all measure words for people, person, so what’s the difference between them?  If you don’t have time to read this post, you can just click and download as a PDF.     1.「口」 This word is only used in one specific case: to ask how many people …

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The 把(bǎ) Sentence

First, let me explain to you what is a Ba-sentence? As we all know, a basic sentence in Mandarin is formed like Subject + Verb + Object, same as in English. However, in a Ba-sentence, the object is placed before the verb. So, why we need to learn this structure: because in Chinese sometimes we …

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4 Min Understand The Difference Between ‘的’, ‘地’, ‘得‘

  「的」   1. ‘的’ is used after an adjective, before a noun to describe it.    For example: 可爱的小猫 kě ài de xiǎo māo Lovely cat 敬爱的总理 jìng’ài de zǒnglǐ Dear Prime Minister 戴帽子的男孩 dài màozi de nánhái A boy wearing a hat 可疑的情况 kě yí de qíngkuàng Suspicious circumstances 美丽的环境 Měilì de huánjìng Beautiful surroundings   …

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The position of the adverbs ‘也’, ‘都’, and ‘不’

A. ‘也‘ & ‘都’   First, I want to repeat one point: ‘很’ normally used to connect a subject and an ADJ, the function is to make the sentence sound more natural, it doesn’t have ‘very’ meaning here. ‘很+ADJ’ this part is called ‘Adjective predicate’.   The adverbs ‘也’(ye) and ‘都‘(dōu) must occur after the …

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8 cases you should NOT omit ‘的’ (de)

  I. ‘的’ – possessive particle ‘的’(de) is the character that we will learn at the very beginning of learning Chinese Mandarin. The most common usage of ‘的’(de) is used as a possessive particle, like apostrophe ’s’ in English, it is always placed after the ‘owner’ noun or a pronoun. For Examples: 爸爸的车 Bàba de …

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