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Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Using 受 in a passive sentence

Bet you guys haven't forgotten how to use the passive sentence pattern with ? Also known as 字句, this pattern is frequently used in daily life when speaking at the passive voice. Today we’re going further into the passive voice world by learning how to use the word as a passive marker.


You won't find to be not as common as to form the passive voice. However, there are situations where its use is pretty natural and once you start spotting where, you'll quickly get a feel for when to use it.

means 'to obtain' or 'to receive' when dealing with positive aspects, or 'to suffer' when dealing with negative aspects. It conveys this meaning to the verb, placed after it, and converts the verb to the passive form.

As such, it's preferred to speak in a passive voice. We’ll show you how in examples.


+ (People/Thing) + Verb


欢迎。(to be welcomed)
He is very welcomed by others.

老师 尊重 职业。(to be respected)
(Being a) Teacher is a respected job.

因为 迟到 不得不。(to be punished)
Due to him being late, he had to be punished.

这几天 !(to be suffering)
It’s so hot these days; I’m suffering a lot!

学习 成绩 一直 到了 老师 表扬。(to be praised)
She always gets good grades and is praised by her teacher.

批评 不要紧重要 及时 改正。(to be criticized)
It doesn't matter if one is criticized, the most important is to correct one's faults in time.

不要 干扰专心 学习!(to be bothered)
Don’t be bothered by him, concentrate on your studies!

容易别人 影响。(to be influenced)
I’m easily influenced by others.

这个 孩子 可怜 饿。(to be frozen - to be starved)
This kid is poor; he is both frozen and starved.

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