Chinese Grammar - 6 Phrases to Remember
Mandarin grammar can be challenging for anyone learning the language. In some ways it is simpler than the grammar of European languages because there is no subject / verb agreements to worry about. However, it is significantly different from what most Westerners are used to. Hills Learning offers our students a multi-part series on Chinese grammar patterns. Regular practice will ingrain these patterns and help you master Mandarin grammar and correctly express your thoughts.
1) 以…..为例 (yi3......wei2li4)
Meaning: to take something/someone as an example
Meaning: Being a member of WTO does not lead to elimination of corruption; one can take South American countries as an example, where the level of corruption remains the same.
Meaning: for this reason; because of this
Meaning: He failed to carry out his responsibilities; that is why he was fired.
Meaning: in short; briefly (usually used in the beginning of a sentence)
Meaning: In short, the ideals of the United Nations are openness, equality and transparency.
Meaning: by the way, besides (if used in the beginning of sentence; means that something has suddenly occurred to the speaker)
Meaning: By the way, there is a bottle of beer in the fridge.
Example: 对了，今天我还要去看大夫。 Meaning: Besides, I have to go to see the doctor today.
5) 非…..不可 (fei1….bu4ke3)
a) cannot help but do something; must do something
b) definitely, certainly, without any doubts
Meaning: Learning Chinese inevitably involves learning Chinese characters.
Example: 医生说非住院不可 Meaning: The doctor says that I must go to the hospital.
Meaning: If you don’t put the warm clothes on and go outside, you will definitely catch cold.
Meaning: therefore; thus; as result
Meaning: As a result of mass production the products have become less expensive.