FINISHED ACTION

 
 
_THIS IS A TESTING BETA VERSION OF THE SITE_
 

I BOUGHT A CAR.

HE SAID THAT…

HE WENT TO CHINA.

Finished action is remotely equivalent to past tense and sometimes present perfect in English.

To indicate that the ACTION is finished, we put /le/ right behind the verb.

ACTIONS are verbs like: TO BUY, TO GO, TO DRINK

ACTIONS aren’t verbs like: TO KNOW, TO WANT, TO FEEL

These are STATES and can’t be “finished”. They remain in the present form.

 
 
 
 

 

BASIC EXAMPLES

I only drank four beers.
我 只 喝 了 四 杯 啤酒。
Wǒ zhǐ hēle sì bēi píjiǔ.
What movie did you watch?
你 看 了 什么 电影?
Nǐ kàn le shénme diànyǐng?
I've bought a lot of things.
我 买 了 很 多 东西。
<Wǒ mǎi le hěn duō dōngxi.>
I have bought fruits.
我 买 了 水果。
Wǒ mǎi le shuǐguǒ.

 

MORE DIFFICULT SENTENCES

I told him but he wouldn't listen.
我 给 他 说 了,可是 他 不 听。
<Wǒ gěi tā shuō le, kěshì tā bù tīng.>
We got used to a safe life environment.
我们 习惯 了 安全 的 生活 环境。
Wǒmen xíguànle ānquán de shēnghuó huánjìng.
Yesterday I watched a very interesting film.
我 昨天 看 了 很 有意思 的 电影。
<Wǒ zuótiān kànle hěn yǒuyìsi de diànyǐng.>
I discussed many things with him.
我 跟 他 谈 了 很 多 事。
<Wǒ gēn tā tán le hěn duō shì.>