照片在这儿<了>

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by yuechu, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    大家好,

    I was watching a TV show recently and a man is handing a lady some photographs and says: "照片在这儿了". Why is the word 了 used here? Can it be omitted and have the same meaning?
    Thanks!
     
  2. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    了 is to signify the completion of the statement.
    With a 了, your tone is more completed and confirmed. It's like "The thing is done. Take it or leave it. / Deal with the rest."
    E.g.
    照片在这儿了,你看着办吧。
    照片在这儿了,不能退回去了。

    Without 了, it's more natural if you have some additional information about retrieving the photos.
    E.g.
    照片在这儿,不过缺了一张。
    照片在这儿,不过照片上没有她。
    Or, when 这儿 is the key point, 了 is not needed.
    照片在这儿,不在那儿。

    The tone is not highly stressed, so it's just a general feeling. Whether to add or to omit 了 is not strict in above cases.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2015
  3. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    Thanks for your help, SuperXW! I understand it a lot better now :)
     
  4. Mamanunique Senior Member

    Cantonese-China
    With the word "了" his words sound more polite in this context.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2015

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