To Be – SHI and HEN

To say that someone or something IS SOMEONE OR SOMETHING…

…we use the word /shì/

 

// basic word order: subject – verb – object

 

我是,你是人,也是人。      

<Wǒ shì rén, nǐ shì rén,  yě shì rén.> 

I to be man (person), you to be man, he also to be man.

I AM A (HU)MAN, YOU ARE A (HU)MAN, HE IS ALSO A (HU)MAN.

 

// if there is a question word – such as 谁 <shéi> WHO – we don´t use 吗 <ma>

// the word order remains the same in question and normal sentence. More in questions

 

他是      

<Tā shì shéi?> 

He to be who?

WHO IS HE?

 

// A TEACHER / 老师 <lǎoshī>      

// lit. meaning is OLD MASTER 

 

他是老师。      

<Tā shì lǎoshī.

He to be a teacher.

HE IS A TEACHER.

 

 

你是中国人吗?      

<Nǐ shì Zhōng-guó-rén ma?>  

You to_be Chinese question_ma

ARE YOU CHINESE?

 

// for negation we use  <bù>       

// if  <bù> is followed by a word in a FOURTH TONE, <bù> changes to SECOND tone <bú>

by TINGANGO, more HERE

 

不,我不是中国人。      

<Bù, wǒ búshì Zhōngguórén.> 

No, I not to be Chinese.

NO, I AM NOT CHINESE.

When we talk about quality, for instance that CHINA IS BIG…

…we use <hěn>  plus the “verb-adjective”

// (TO BE) MANY <duō>       

// however, we need to connect it with 

// …without 很   would mean (TO BE) MORE

// it’s the same with other “verb-adjectives”

 

中国人       

<Zhōngguórén hěn duō.>   

Chinese (to be) many.

CHINESE PEOPLE ARE MANY.

 

老师老。         

<Lǎoshī hěn lǎo.>   

Teacher (to be) old.

THE TEACHER IS OLD.

 

How will you say: CHINA IS BIG.

// (to be) BIG /  <dà>       

KEY

中国很大。

Zhōngguó hěn dà.

 

Translate: YOU ARE FINE, WE ARE FINE AS WELL.

KEY

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This is a part of Lesson 1.1