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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've bought a lot of things.
我 买 了 很 多 东西。
<Wǒ mǎi le hěn duō dōngxi.>
How many drinks did you drink?
你 喝 了 几 杯 啤酒?
Nǐ hēle jǐ bēi píjiǔ?
I fell in love with her.
我 爱上 了 她。
<Wǒ àishang le tā.>
What happened to you?
你 发生 了 什么 事?
<Nǐ fāshēng le shénme shì?>

 

MORE DIFFICULT SENTENCES

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.
He gave me a very expensive present.
他 送 了 我 很 贵 的 礼物。
<Tā sòng le wǒ hěn guì de lǐwù.>
I discussed many things with him.
我 跟 他 谈 了 很 多 事。
<Wǒ gēn tā tán le hěn duō shì.>
I have bought many Chinese books in China.
我 在 中国 买 了 很 多 中文 书。
<Wǒ zài Zhōngguó mǎi le hěnduō Zhōngwén shū.>

 

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