The complement of direction
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The complement of direction

In English we use adverbs to indicate the direction of an action, such as adverbs up, down, out, in, over. In Chinese there are verbs that contain directions, sucha as 上shàng,下 xià,among many roles they have(sometimes they are also adjectives and adverbs). Verbs such as“进jìn,出chū, 过guò” means “enter, go out, and move”. Now which is...

Separable verbs
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Separable verbs

Separable verbs in Chinese refer to those disyllabic verbs with a verb – object structure. They bear the regular features of a word but can be detached in usage. These verbs include 睡觉 shuìjiào, 考试 kǎoshì, 唱歌 chànggē, 跳舞 tiàowǔ, 毕业 bìyè, 游泳 yóuyǒng, 见面 jiànmiàn, ect. Most of them cannot take an object. 我 ...

要 yào or 想 xiǎng?
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要 yào or 想 xiǎng?

The words 要 yào and 想 xiǎng are both modal words that express desires and necessities. Most of the time we can apply them in a similar way as in English, but there are some small differences and, sometimes, it can be quite nerve-racking to decide when to use which. The word 想 xiǎng This word 想...