Chinese Grammar: Organizing your Chinese sentence structure
Now that you have the basic sentence structure down pat, it’s time to move on to more complex sentences.
Dealing with more complex sentences
There's a pattern to remember to always know how to organize sentences with more than a few elements. Let's see what this rule is!
Rule: don't go straight to the point
The first thing to know is: the action - i.e., what's important in the sentence - is always placed at the end of the sentence. When mentally organizing your sentence, think of beating around the bush rather than right to the point.
The second thing to know is there’s a set order for everything. Once you’ve learned the rule for placing each element, you’ll be good to go!
A sentence works like this in general :
Subject + When + Where + How + Action (verb + object)
When you break down the sentence, its structure goes like this:
|Subject||+ When||+ Action (verb + object)|
|He||yesterday||went to school.|
Let's look at a few other examples and their structures.
|我||坐 飞机||去 北京。|
|Subject||+ How||+ Action (verb + object)|
|I||(sat in a plane)||went to Beijing.|
|他||下午||在 家||和 老师 一起||学习 汉语。|
|Subject||+ When||+ Where||+ How||+ Action (verb + object)|
|He||this afternoon||at home||with his teacher||is studying Chinese.|
Easy, right? Ready to practice?
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