9 December 2013

Expression of simultaneity

To express two actions that are performed simultaneously, in the same instant of time, Chinese uses the adverb 一边 (yībiān) ... 一边 (yībiān) ...



subject + 一边 + verb + (object), + 一边 + verb + (object)


一边喝咖啡一边看报纸
Wǒ yībiān hē kāfēi yībiān kàn bàozhǐ
I am drinking coffee while reading the newspaper


一边听音乐一边看电视
Tā yībiān tīng yīnyuè yībiān kàn diànshì
He listen to music while watching TV