Chinese Grammar Patterns and Explanations
Hills Learning designed these lessons to teach Chinese grammar patterns. While the emphasis is on learning grammar concepts, we also want you to learn all the new words in the following examples.
1) 除非…才/否则 (chu2fei1......cai2/fou3ze2)
Meaning: only if (…, or otherwise, …), only when, only in the case that, unless
Meaning: Only if you go with me to this party, otherwise I will not go.
Meaning: He drinks alcohol, only if there is an occasion.
2) 哪儿啊, …(nar3a0)
Meaning: No way, absolutely not (usually used in the beginning of sentence)
Example: 那人就是小王的丈夫巴？ 哪儿啊，那时小王的哥哥。
Meaning: That person is Mrs. Wang’s husband, right? No way, that is her elder brother.
Meaning: In a short while, all of a sudden, all at once
Meaning: Life seemed all of a sudden empty and meaningless.
Meaning: The boy at once began crying.
Meaning: To avoid something, in order to avoid something
Meaning: If we leave the house earlier in the morning, we will avoid the traffic jam.
5) 只是…而已 ( zhi3shi4...er2yi3)
Meaning: Merely, just
Meaning: It is just your personal opinion, it has nothing to do with the decision of the board of directors.