Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Expressing “once then” & “as soon as”
As soon as Lupishu started studying Chinese, he couldn't stop speaking Chinese with his friends. Did that happen to you, guys? Once you begin to learn Chinese, you soon fall in love with learning Chinese. It’s cool! Now, you are wondering how to say “once then” and “as soon as” in Chinese, I guess!?
Let see how to use them and if there are any differences between the two.
一旦...就 is a pattern you can use to indicate certain conditions. As a result, this pattern expresses cause and effect. It shows that after a specific situation occurred, a consequence happened. This grammar structure is perfect to say once something has happened, something else will happen later.
The difference between 一旦...就 and 一...就 is time. This latter pattern is used to convey that one thing happened and another thing happened right afterward. Its use is similar to "as soon as" in English, i.e., something happening quickly after one thing happened. 一...就 is the structure you need to indicate events in rapid succession.
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