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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

What movie did you watch?
你 看 了 什么 电影?
Nǐ kàn le shénme diànyǐng?
He went to China for work.
他 去 了 中国 工作。
<Tā qù le Zhōngguó gōngzuò.>
What happened to you?
你 发生 了 什么 事?
<Nǐ fāshēng le shénme shì?>
Where did you go?
你 去 了 哪里?
Nǐ qù le nǎli?

 

MORE DIFFICULT SENTENCES

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.>
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.>
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.>
I had a very interesting dream.
我 做 了 很 有意思 的 梦。
Wǒ zuòle hěn yǒuyìsi de mèng.