Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Expressing purpose
Sometimes, when things get rough, Lupishu wonders why they set out on this adventure. Both, him and Nincha, sometimes, feel their motivation waver a bit.
Yocha has like a feline 6th sense and always, always knows this is the time he needs to call them. He gives them a pep talk and reminds them of the purpose of their adventure and trials: save Ninchana! What words does he use in Chinese to express purpose? Let him teach you them now.
Using 为了 to express purpose
In Chinese, you can use 为了 to express the purpose or indicate someone benefits from something. When using it as a preposition, put it before a verb.
为了+ Purpose, Subject + Predicate
As you'll see in the examples below, in Chinese, you first convey the purpose, then explain how.
You can also express purpose with this pattern: (之所以)...是 为了... In this situation, 为了 is always used after 是 and goes with 之所以 to indicate the purpose or the reason. It’s similar to “the reason why...is for...” structure in English.
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