particle

  1. U

    了 - exclamation

    Can '了' take on the use of an exclamation particle? Duì le Shàngkè le Are phrases that my textbook translates respectively as Let's start the lesson! Right! During lessons my teacher says only Duì/Shàngkè to express the same aforementioned meanings so I assume '了' is used as some sort of...
  2. yuechu

    沒明白<了>

    大家好! I was writing the following sentence in the thread "说明白": 其实我可能没明白了这些句子的意思! and fyl was nice and pointed out that the word 了 here does not sound right and should be omitted. Is this because it is a negative sentence? (can 了 sometimes appear in negative sentences or usually not at all?)...
  3. stephenlearner

    昨天遇到了xxx / 昨天遇到xxx了

    各位好: 你如何理解这两句话的区别: 昨天,我遇到了某某某。 昨天,我遇到某某某了。 翻译成英语,能将差别翻译出来么?我觉得好像都是 I met xxx yesterday.
  4. L

    了 - 在那儿住了两年了

    Hi,guys! We have two dialogs: #1 · 很长时间没见了,你去哪儿了? · 我去北京了,在那儿住了两年了 (I went to Beijing and lived there for 2 years) · 去那儿做什么? · 去看一个朋友,他身体不太好 #2 · 很长时间没见了,你好吗? · 我很好。我现在在北京工作。在那儿住了两年了 (I`ve been living there for 2 years)。明年就准备回国 The question is: in #1 with the help of 了 the...
  5. R

    妈妈跑下楼来(了), 我弟弟跑回家去 (了)

    Hello, Could these two sentences 妈妈跑下楼来 我弟弟跑回家去 finish with the particle 了? Thank you.
  6. C

    了 - 我還以為他不走了呢

    Hi, can anyone tell me what's the function of 了 in this sentence, "我還以為他不走了呢"? I already try asking other people and there seems to be uncertainty to what it is. It has already been sort of dragged out. I hope someone here can clear up the confusion.:o The sentence is from a children's book...
  7. R

    我去了上海 / 她去上海了

    Hello, Last year we finished the course studying the particle 了 and the teacher gave us this example 我去了上海,在那里认识了很多人。 Nevertheless, this year, the title of the first lesson was 她去上海了, so I don't have very clear the position of the particle 了 in the bold sentences. Thank you very much.
  8. Z

    I came across the word 嘛 it sounds like threatening someone. Sorry I did not copy down the sentence. Would appreciate if anyone can surface the example with English explanation.
  9. gvergara

    不太贵(了)

    Hi I've recently learnt that there is the structure 太(Adjective)了 to emphasise adjectives. Now I wonder if in the negative form we also have to end the structure with 了. This laptop is not very expensive. Which is correct? a) 这部笔记本电脑 不太贵。 b) 这部笔记本电脑 不太贵了。 Thanks in advance, G.
  10. Y

    了 - 今天不看了

    大家好! Two parents dicuss with their daughter her university choices and the workload involved. The mother finally says: 今天不看了 Just a clarification, she means to tell her to stop studying/reading for today, right? As in "Don't ready anymore today", the 了 implying a change? Just before the...
  11. M

    他把那封信放在抽屉里(了)

    大家好: 这个问题我可能解释得很啰嗦, so bear with me. :) One of the better grammar textbooks I have explained quite well the use of 了 in demonstrating perfective aspect. In one subsection, it expands upon when 了 is not used due to other expressions already "perfectivizing" the verb phrase thus rendering...
  12. S

    了 - 不贵了

    I'm really ashamed that i have to ask you a very basic question like this, but I, having studied Chinese for one year, cannot yet figure out the meaning of 了. 我吃了午饭。I ate lunch. 我吃午饭。I eat lunch. However, things do not seem that easy, as I have seen other examples in which 了 is used to express...
  13. Nicodi2

    Hi, I would like to understand the use of "lou" in the example here & be able to use it myself. How would you explain its use here and when do you use it yourselves ? -我发现啊, 这个风水呀,命里的书啊,真的很有讲究。 买房前就应该多看看, 否则的话什么都不懂。很容易买到一套 "衰房 " 你知道吗,这上面写什么啊,说口子型楼盘不能买, 因为人在井中挡富挡贵 -我老婆现在连封建迷信也开始信喽 ... Deep...
  14. yuechu

    现在有没有新的访客(呢)?

    Hello/大家好, I was writing down a Chinese sentence just now and was hesitating about usage of the particle 呢. Here is the sentence: 现在有没有新的访客呢? (I am trying to ask someone if there are any new roommates in the house) I know that 呢 is used in "how about" sentences.. but is it correct in this...
  15. B

    吧 / 吗

    你们好, I was wondering if it is appropriate to use 吧 in place of 吗? If so, is 吧 more informal, colloquial? I am unsure about the usage of 吧 in particular. For example, can you say ‘你想吃东西吗?’ and also say ’你想吃东西吧?‘, and what is the difference? I think 吧 is possibly used more in speech... 谢谢!I am...
  16. yuechu

    么 / 吗

    Hello/大家好, I have a question regarding the interrogative particles 吗 and 么 (when pronounced "ma5"). Is there any difference between the two? (in meaning, usage.. ?) I sometimes see 吗 and sometimes see 么. Is 么 just an informal way of writing 吗 when asking a question? Thanks/谢谢!
  17. C

    了 - 我下班了 / 我下了班了

    Is there any difference between these two? 这两个有没有区别? Thanks!
  18. K

    他已经看了三个小时电视(了)

    Here's an exemple sentence: 他已经看了三个小时电视(了)。 Can I write the last 了? Does that change the meaning? Many thanks!
  19. H

    Cantonese: 㗎噃/喎

    Please click the link above to listen to the audio so you know what I'm talking about. I came across these words from TV shows and this cook talks about the meat is tough and hard to cook. He used Gabo after talking about the meat is tough(啲肉好硬Gabo) and he used Gawei after he said it is hard to...
  20. A

    了 - 太大了

    Hello, Someone tries on a new pair of pants and then they say: 这条裤子太大了。 or 这条裤子太小了。 What is the point of 了 since this is the first time they see the pants? Thanks,
  21. YangMuye

    呢 / 嘛

     第一个语气词“呢”,用于表达自己的对事物认识的感情的用法,如   说的是呢   真的呢   确实很有趣呢  我个人从不使用这种用法。如果一定使用语气词,我会用“啊”(偶尔用“欸”) 。“呢”通常使用在“告知理所当然的信息”时使用的。希望传达自己的认识、态度,或者期待共鸣时,通常都用“啊”。使用“呢”时,基本上是以己方对信息的掌握占优势为前提的。  但我似乎在网上经常见到类似的用法,尤其是像百度日语贴吧,一些游戏论坛等等。使用方式基本上跟日语“ne”一样。我发现那里的人几乎都使用“呢”代替“啊”。...
  22. M

    了 - 太贵了

    Hi all, I often see 贵 is used with 了 but its meaning hasn't been clear in my mind yet. For example: - 这是一幅非常漂亮的画。多少钱? - 三百美元。 - 太贵了。你可以卖便宜一点吗? What does it add to the meaning of 贵, please? --- In Turkish, we too often add some words to "expensive", seemingly redundant, but they have their...
  23. M

    吧 / 啦

    Hi all, We use these two words almost in exact form and function (sorry, I'm not sure about the Chinese character for la. What is it, please?): 来吧! gel be! 注意la! dikkat et la(n)! Both are informal and used among friends etc. They are impolite and disrespectful, even rude, and cannot be used in...
  24. B

    Time duration in verb/object structures

    Hello, I searched the forum and also some grammar books, but I couldn't find an answer for this one. Why is it that people say or ? I thought if the verb itself was a "verb + object" type of structure, the duration would be placed between the verb and the object (or the verb would be...
  25. H

    Cantonese: 架喇

    What does this mean? It's usually used at the end of a sentence.
  26. licinio

    吗 / 么

    I see the interrogative particle "ma" spelt either 吗 or 么. Is there a difference between the two?
  27. Ghabi

    唄(呗)

    Hello everyone.:) Is the sentence-ending particle 唄 used only in Mainland Mandarin? Is it also used in Taiwan and Singapore? In Mainland, is it associated to a particular region or is it used everywhere?
  28. V

    了 - 我太敏感了

    Hi forumers, I'm wondering about how to translate this phrase into English. Am I right in thinking it could go [at least] two ways? 1) I was [being] too sensitive. In this case the 了 indicates the "pastness" of the event. 2) I am too sensitive [a person]. In this case the 了 would match other...
  29. M

    了 - 我學了中文 / 我學中文了 / 我學了中文了

    大家好! I have a question regarding the use of 了 in the following setnences. I believe I have used it right, but would like confirmation. 我學了中文 - I studied Chinese. 我學中文了 - Now I study Chinese (but I didn't before - its a change). 我學了中文了 - I studied Chinese and am still studying it (it didn't...
  30. Lupen The Third

    吗 / 呢

    Hello people! I am going to study Chinese at the university, but till that day (which is soon) I am trying to get something about this language by myself. So...I have seen that "ma" > 嗎 , is used as a question particle as well as "ne"> 呢. My question is : Do they differ in something? 嗎 is...
  31. DernierVirage

    I hope someone can help me with my grammar work(I am studying Putonghua on a part time basis). I have a lot of trouble understanding the usage of the particle "le": when it must be used, when it must not be used, when it can be omitted etc. My problems are compounded by the different ways that...
  32. V

    的 - 給他的

    Can anyone give me a lucid explanation of why the 的 is used in sentences like the thread name as well as 問他的 他教我的 我會想你的 Or a referral would be great too. Thanks!
  33. G

    Cantonese: 囉

    As far as I know this word is placed at the end of a sentence in Cantonese, I think it's for some kind of insincere expression, for example: "對唔住囉" Adding 囉 to 對唔住 make it somewhat insincere, reluctant, etc. am I right? Does it apply to other phrases other than 對唔住?
  34. M

    你們好! I have a quesiton regarding the use of the sentence particle 吧. I don't really understand it's use very well. I have read that it is used to express something like "I guess" or supposition, but is this translation correct at all?: 我很累吧. = Iguess I'm very tired. 他買三本書吧. = He is buying...
  35. M

    他来了 / 他来了吧 / 他来了吗 / 他来吧 / 他来喽

    I found this when searching for 了吧 (Since I often hear "了吧“ at the end of Mandarin speakers sentences...and was wondering how it affected the meaning of the sentence) on a website: 他来了。他来了吧。 (note: very different from 他来了吧?) 他来了么。(note: very different from 他来了吗?)他来吧。他来喽。 I was wondering how...
  36. G

    吗 / 呢 / 吧 / 呀

    I read on a post that "The ya1 at the end is a filler word that serves to inject friendliness and soften the tone of an otherwise rude sentence." And I know that ma is used to form a Yes/No question. Ba is for suggestions, is that right? Please correct me if I'm wrong. What about Ne? and...
  37. D

    哦 / 噢 / 喔 / 迲 / 嚄

    Can anyone tell me the difference between these interjections, i.e. when/why each might be used? Also, and I don't know if this has been suggested before, but it would be great if we could start a list of all the interjections...
  38. J

    了 - 我饿了, 我冷了

    你好 ! I'd like to ask two questions : 1- I wonder if using the particle 了 is necessary in this phrase or similar ones as : 我冷了 2- I want to turn into Chinese "I really want to eat something now ".What do you think of my attempts ? a- 我刚才非常想吃东西了 b- 我刚才非常想吃的 ( 呢 ) ( Is 呢 good, possible...
  39. Staarkali

    吗 / 么

    大家好, "吗"和"么"什么不同?我的一个朋友经常用"么":在么?有么?...我问过他,他说这两个字的意思和用法差不多;我还不太确定. 真的一样吗?"可以说"你吃饭了么?""你好么?""你要来么?"等..
  40. cheshire

    Override tendency of particles

    ネコも送る。(ネコを送る。) (1)ネコをも送る。 :cross: 桜はもある。 :cross: 桜はを切る。 :cross: 桜はしかない。 :cross: 桜しかはない。 (2)六本木にもある。 (3)六本木でもある。 (4)六本木もある。 Some particles can be placed side-by-side. Some can't. In that case, the ones with "stronger" meaning override the weaker. As for (1), we'd better avoid (1), and might...
  41. cheshire

    了 - 我現在可以上车了吗 ?

    我現在可以上车了妈 ?Is this interpretation correct?: This 了 is there to mean "the situation now as opposed to a while ago."
  42. cheshire

    了 - 我做了飯 / 我做飯了

    (1) 我做了飯 (2) 我做飯了 What's the difference?
  43. cheshire

    了 - 买一件了 / 买了一件

    (1)我給ni mai了一件(blouse). (2)我給ni mai 一件(blouse)了. What's the difference?
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