Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 18

15   16   17   18   19   20   21

Today's Chinese characters:

很忙

Sentences without verbs are very common in Chinese. The adjectival predicate sentence is one of them.

Character Knowledge Meter
15.8%
Today with this lesson your knowledge of Chinese characters will reach 15.8% of all the Chinese language usage!

Characters' Essentials

Character Help
Pronunciation Help
Meaning Help
Very
Character Help
Pronunciation Help
Meaning Help
Busy

Description and Examples

How many verbs does this conversation contain?

Dialogue 3

A:
B:
A:
B:
A:

Sentence Structure 12
Adjectival Predicate Sentence

The adjectival predicate sentence is a sentence with an adjective as the main element of its predicate. This type of sentence describes the state which a person or thing is in. No is used to join the predicate with the subject. In an affirmative sentence the adjectival predicate is usually preceded by , which is a weakened adverb here without much significance of an adverb of degree.

Examples


老师

Without , comparison or contrast is often implied.

Example

老师

However, in answering an alternative question, may be left out.

Example

A:
医生
B:
医生

is used before the predicate for negation.

Example

A:
医生
B:
医生

PRONUNCIATION RULE: As said in lesson 6, when two third tones come together, the first third tone changes into the second tone, that is: 3rd + 3rd changes into 2nd + 3rd.

If more than two third tones are in succession, you can both:

1)Pronounce only the last third tone as so, while change all the others into the second tone, that is 3rd + 3rd + 3rd + 3rd changes into 2nd + 2nd + 2nd + 3rd
3+3+3+3 ---> 2+2+2+3

or

2)Alternate 2nd and 3rd tones so that the last third tone is pronounced as so, that is 3rd + 3rd + 3rd + 3rd changes into 2nd + 3rd + 2nd + 3rd
3+3+3+3 ---> 2+3+2+3

Example

pronunciation: wo2 hen2 hao3

or: wo3 hen2 hao3

Exercise

Give an affirmative and a negative answer to the following questions:


That's all for today. I wish you like my website and go on clicking and clicking on its other sections! I've also written a page explaining how to avoid the most common mistakes students make wasting time and energy. Click here to read it now.

IMPORTANT: About the ads in this page, if you see something inappropriate please tell me immediately (even anonymously) clicking here.


Characters' Details

Chinese Character 40 of 1000

appearance score: # 138
frequency: 0.1468972%
Character Help
Animation Help
Strokes Help
9
Pronunciation Help
Meaning Help
Very

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character 41 of 1000

appearance score: # 827
frequency: 0.0217184%
Character Help
Animation Help
Strokes Help
6
Pronunciation Help
Meaning Help
-Busy; hurry, hasten
-A surname

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

15   16   17   18   19   20   21

Thank you!

WearYourChineseName - By Giuseppe Romanazzi
Biaoyu Business Consulting Services LTD
Shanghai, China
Copyright © 2001-2021 All Rights Reserved
Wear Your Chinese Name Home Page
| About Us | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Italiano English |


Chinese Lessons on WhatsApp?

Learn Chinese Online

WhatsApp:
Email:
Your online teacher