8 January 2014

Grammar: Sentence with serial verbs

This type of sentences that combine two verbs are used to express the purpose of an action, the way that the action is permored or the instrument with which the action is performed.






Affirmative Sentence
subject + verb 1 + object 1 + verb 2 + object 2

商店东西
wǒ qù shāngdiàn mǎi dōngxi
I went to the store to buy things

筷子
wǒ yòng kuàizi chīfàn
I eat with chopsticks


Negative sentence
subject + negation + verb 1object 1 + verb 2 + object 2

地铁上班
wǒ bù zuò dìtiě qù shàngbān
I do not take the subway to go to work

北京学习汉语
tā méi lái běijīng xuéxí hànyǔ
He will not come to Beijing to study Chinese