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Chinese Grammar Introduction – Chinese Grammar Rules, Nouns and Pronouns, Verbs

Chinese Grammar Rules Guide

The fun part of learning any language.. learning Chinese grammar rules! The rules you must follow to properly speak the Chinese language. But don’t worry about how hard learning Chinese Grammar might feel at first. Learning Chinese grammar rules is one of the most effective ways to speed up your ability to speak the Chinese language. Keep in mind this is just a basic introduction to understanding how Chinese grammar works.

Chinese Grammar Rules: Sentence Structure

• A lot of learning how to speak Mandarin is encoded in learning Chinese sentence structure. Some state Mandarin Chinese grammar is simple but it’s really not.

Chinese Sentence Structure
Chinese Sentence Structure

Chinese Grammar Rules: Nouns and Pronouns

Chinese Noun Examples
Chinese Noun Examples

• Context is the only way to tell if a Chinese Noun is singular or plural.
• Chinese has single pronunciations for common pronouns such as “he”, “she”, or “it”.
• The context of the sentence is very important when figuring out the “gender” in which the pronoun or noun is referring to.
• Chinese nouns have formal and informal ways of speaking and writing them.

Chinese Grammar Rules: Verbs

• Chinese Verbs have no tense. Verbs only have one form regardless of the time it’s performed.
• To indicate the time of the action such as “yesterday”, “today” and “tomorrow”. The words are added either before or after the subject.
• Conjugating and irregular have no part in Chinese.
• Two or more verbs can stack in Chinese Grammar, as Verbal complements(after the main verb) or as coverbs(before the main verb)

Chinese Grammar Rules: Adjectives

Chinese Adjective Examples
Chinese Adjective Examples

An adverb and an adjective in combination are ordinarily treated as a phrase and written as two units. Some adverb + adjective constructions, however, undergo a change in meaning so that they express a single concept rather than two independent concepts; such transformed adverb + adjective constructions are considered single words and written as single units.

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My name is Sally Morgan, I'm American and currently a Language Teacher in New York State Schools for French and Spanish. I have studied Foreign Languages, translation and teaching at the Columbia University in New York. I lived for 3 years in Europe including France, UK and Italy.

I am a passionate linguist and love how speaking another language opens the doors of communication and therefore a whole world.

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