modality

  1. yuechu

    verb+不上 / verb+不了

    Hello/大家好, I recently heard the following on TV: "我真没用。家里出这么大的事。我一点忙也帮不上" Is there a difference between [verb]不上 and [verb]不了? (in general, not necessarily in this context) Is [verb]不上 more 北方话 perhaps? Thanks!
  2. K

    能 (in the past and future)

    Okay, so really, this question applies to any situation where two verbs are back to back. For instance: 我能跑一个长距离比赛 - I can run a marathon. I've searched high and low, but I couldn't find a way to put this statement in the past tense. In fact, every example sentence I found had no indicator of...
  3. A

    你必须得告诉我

    你好 I have a sentence: 你必须得告诉我 It should mean: You must tell me. I seems to me that there are two many characters since: 你 - you 必须 - must 得 - must 告诉 - inform 我 - me Is this some way to make must stronger by repeating it twice, or is there an error in the original sentence? Thanks a lot...
  4. stelingo

    会 / 要

    I wrote a paragraph about my daily routine which someone corrected on Lang8. I have a question about a couple of the corrections. The person suggested I use 会 and 要 in the sentences below. I'm not sure why, as I'm talking about what I usually do, not the future or ability. Can anybody enlighten...
  5. 广

    能 / -得了

    hi everybody, I am new。Anyone could tell me the difference between these two particles》 能 means capacity to do something and -得了 means the same. Please be quick , if possible I-d have to know before tomorrow... many thanks
  6. E

    必须 / 应该 / 得

    你们都好! I've got a little problem with the three verbs 必须, 应该 and 得 and their uses. What I've been told is that 应该 is kinda similar to English should, whereas 必须 would be equivalent to English must, and 得 means a less strong (and more colloquial) obligation than 必须. Am I using these words right...
  7. A

    他很能做事 / 他很會做事

    Dear all, another question from a textbook, where they discuss the usage of 會 and 能 and there is a sentence 他很能做事。(Translation in the book is: "He is very capable") but shouldn't it be 他很會做事。? As I understand this, 會 is for having the skill to do something and 能 for being able to do something...
  8. M

    应该 / 得

    Hi all. Can you please explain how and where to use them? For example, which one would you put in the blanks in the following sentences and why? 1. 你 ___ 听这个。这个很好听。(Someone is giving a CD.) 2. 上飞机你 ___ 有护照。 3. 你不可以在这里一直往前开。你 ___ 往左转。 4. 屋子外边多少温度? 三十度。我们 ___ 去海滩。 According to the textbook...
  9. DernierVirage

    谁都说不出来

    I hope that you can help me with this problem: the following phrase appears in a text that I am reading and I am trying to work out why 不 comes after the verb and not before (I have read this text several times before without really noticing, but for some reason the word order suddenly seems a...
  10. DernierVirage

    Negative potential complement

    Good morning ! I hope that you can help me to understand the following sentence that I found in some grammar notes that were given to me. "电视机被老王修得不完" Can someone explain to me why 得 is used here before 不, rather than simply saying修不完? Thanks very much for your help.
  11. A

    会 / 要 / 想 / 能 / 可以

    Hello everybody, I would like to ask the principals differences between this modals verbs, I know that 会 means "be able to" for ex: 我会说汉语 and that 想 is the negative form of 要 when it means: "want", when is auxiliar means "I would like" and when is the principal verb means "think, miss...
  12. M

    我說中文說得很好 / 我中文說得很好 / 我很好地說中文

    Hello everyone! I am a bit confused on the differences between these three sentences, regarding the use of the particles 得 and 地. If you could help me it would be wonderful! 我說中文說得很好. 我中文說得很好. 我很好地說中文. I translate them all to: I speak Chinese very well. I would like to know if they...
  13. Mr Right

    得, 不 (can, can't)

    Hi everyone. We know there is a variety of ways to translate the meaning of potentiality/possibility (can/be able to) into Chinese. One of these is the use of 得/不. As far as I know, the use of 得/不 is twofold, so to speak. On the one hand it is generally found with: "directional" verbs...
  14. Q

    ねえか

    .... ne ga Granted this is from an anime, but I heard this ending in alot of the sentences. What is it supposed to mean? Can you just slap it on the end of any sentence? Unfortunately, I don't have actual sentences to give context. But half the characters on Bleach use this at the end of their...
  15. kyn

    desho/daro

    Hey, I was wondering what "desho(o)"/"daro(o)" mean when it is used at the beginning of a sentence, in spoken Japanese. I've heard it many times (well, forgot the context), something like "Desho desho,...". So, could you explain? Is it common in everyday conversation?
  16. J

    ますように

    I've seen -ように used in some places and was wondering exactly what it meant. For example, in this sentence 僕が僕でいられますように。 Up till the -ように part it's "I'm by myself," right? But what does the -ように do to it? Thanks in advance
  17. N

    我们把自己的看法说出来,你们会不高兴吗?

    In a book I read a sentence: ”我们把自己的看法说出来,你们会不高兴吗?“ Is the first part here imparative (Let's talk about...) or just declarative (We're talking about our views here...)? And does the second part mean something like 'You won't mind, will you?', and is this a common way to express this idea...
  18. xiaolijie

    未能 / 没能

    Hi, I often see these two, 未能 and 没能, in sentences with the past tense. Do they mean the same (or perhaps 未能 is a little more formal than 没能) ? Are they the past version of 不能 ? Thanks,
  19. K

    我没想到会这么难。

    If there is a Chinese member now up here, the title phrase would be too simple to her or him. Unfortunately, however, I am just a toddling learner of the language. I would like to clear up my vague translation of the word: ‘会’ Is it an adverb meaning 'definitely' or 'certainly? Or else...
  20. Ariander

    Changing Implications of "What are you doing?"

    I couldn't think of a good title for this thread-- sorry!! It is kind of a simple question, in my opinion.... In English, saying "What are you doing?" can be taken in different ways by merely changing tone of voice. It can sound curious or reproachful depending on how it is said-- or be asking...
  21. cheshire

    be going to / will

    (1) Are you going to participate in the Sports Festival? (2) Will you participate in the Sports Festival? (3) 你会参加运动会吗? Are there any distinctions in Chinese between "be going to" and "will"? How would you translate each sentence (1), (2), into Chinese?
  22. cheshire

    你今天会上课吗

    1.Ni jin tian hui shang ke ma? 2.Ni jin tian neng shang ke ma? Please take a look at the subject "Ni." Can we use "hui" as meaning possibility even though the subject is the second person, not the usual "ta" (the third person) you see in many sentences?
  23. cheshire

    我不能吃花生, 但是可以吃瓜子

    Could you explain why for Chinese speakers 能 "neng" sounds "strong"? Could you elaborate on that? In what way is it "strong"? Latinish way? http://forum.wordreference.com/showpost.php?p=2588463&postcount=9
  24. cheshire

    能 / 可以 / 会

    (1)今天我不能喝酒  (2)今天我不可以喝酒  If I am going to have to drive my car to pick up my daughter at the station, which sentence should I pick? Either would be OK?
  25. cheshire

    会 (can / will)

    Which does this sentence below mean, "Is he able to...?" or "Is he going to...?"
  26. cheshire

    会 / 能

    A 你会喝酒吗? B 我会喝一点儿 A 那,能不能喝白酒? B 白酒太厉害,不能喝。 能 and 会 used in this dialog, are they interchangeable?
  27. Cereth

    Watashi ga ogoru wa yo

    hola! I was having dinner with a male friend and I wanted to say that the dinner was on me, so I just remembered the verb "oguro"..So I said "watashi ha ogoru"... He corrected me and said that it is better to say : watashi ga ogoru wa yo, he said it sounded sexy. So, last week was another...
  28. L

    你会说英语吗?

    你会说英语吗? Do you speak English? What does the 会 here actually mean? Is it like a "helping verb" for 说? And can you give me other contexts where it would be used?
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