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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

He went to China for work.
他 去 了 中国 工作。
<Tā qù le Zhōngguó gōngzuò.>
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've bought a very expensive car.
我 买 了 很 贵 的 汽车。
<Wǒ mǎile hěn guì de qìchē.>

 

MORE DIFFICULT SENTENCES

I've bought her a very expensive present.
我 给 她 买 了 很 贵 的 礼物。
<Wǒ gěi tā mǎile 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.>
Last time I drank a very good tea here.
上次 我 在 这里 喝 了 很 好 的 茶。
Shàng cì wǒ zài zhèli hē le hěn hǎo de chá.
Yesterday I drank quite a lot of (not a little) Chinese tea.
我 昨天 喝 了 不 少 绿茶。
<Wǒ zuótiān hē le bù shǎo lǜchá.>

 

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