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CIRCUMSTANCES of the event


When we want to bring up the information that something happened or has happened, we use the “past tences” with   /le/ or /guo/


I have been to China.
我 去 过 中国。
<Wǒ qù guo Zhōngguó.>
I have bought a book.
我 买 了 一本 书。
<Wǒ mǎi le yī běn shū.>
Yesterday I bought a book in a bookstore.
我 昨天 在 书店 买 了 一本 书。
<Wǒ zuótiān zài shūdiàn mǎi le yī běn shū.>


When we already know that something happened or has happened, and we want to ask for more informations or add more informations, we use this special construction  

The construction is 。。。 /shì…de/

The construction is the same for questions



I didn't buy it, my friend bought it.
不是 我 买 的,是 我 朋友 买 的。
Bùshì wǒ mǎi de, shì wǒ péngyǒu mǎi de.
We got to know each other in 2010.
我们 是 2010 年 认识 的。
<Wǒmen shì 2010 nián rènshi de.>
Where was (it) bought?
是 在 哪里 买 的?
<Shì zài nǎli mǎi de?>
In which year did you go there?
你 是 哪一年 去 的?
<Nǐ shì nǎ yī nián qù de?>
It was bought in a bookstore.
是 在 商店 买 的。
<Shì zài shāngdiàn mǎi de.>
Libai was born in 701 and died in 762.
李白 是 701 年 出生 的,762 年 去世 的。
Lǐbái shì 701 nián chūshēng de, 762 nián qùshì de.
At which date did you go there?
你们 是 几 号 去 的?
<Nǐmen shì jǐ hào qù de?>
On which date did you go there?
你们 是 几 号 去 的?
Nǐmen shì jǐ hào qù de?


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