Basic Sentence meaning?
I have been working on reading, and some of the sentences I have been reading have me confused. Many of them involve "dào" in the sentence pattern:
Subject + Verb Dào + Noun/Time word
Subject + Verb Dào + Place word + qù/lái
I think I almost understand, but not quite. What does this mean?
Wǒ bāndào Běijīng lái - I think this means "I moved to Beijing" or does it mean "I am moving to Beijing"?
Also, what about "bānjiā" - to move house? I'm not really sure what to do about that one. Can I say the following:
Wǒ bānjiā Běijīng lái - I moved to Beijing?
I'm not sure what the correct translation of The following sentences should be:
Wǒmen yǐjīng shàngdao dì shíjiǔ kě le - We already attended the 19th class?
Nà fēngxìn, Nǐ yào jìdao nàér qù - I don't even know what to say about fēngxìn!
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for your
grace_counselorSeptember 04, 2010, 03:24 PM
Wǒ bāndào Běijīng lái – It’s not a finished sentence.
"I moved to Beijing." = Wǒ bāndào Běijīng lái le.
"I am moving to Beijing"= Wǒ yào bāndào Běijīng lái.
"bānjiā" - to move house, "bān" - to move, and “bāndào”- to move to.
You cannot say: Wǒ bānjiā Běijīng lái le. And you should say: Wǒ bāndào Běijīng lái le.
Because the structure of “bānjiā” is “verb+object”, you cannot add another object after it.
The translation for the two sentences should be:
Wǒmen yǐjīng shàngdao dì shíjiǔ kě le – We’ve already studied the 19th lesson.
Or We’ve already studied 19 lessons.
Nà fēngxìn, Nǐ yào jìdao nàér qù –“fēng”is a measure word for xìn (letter). If you mean nǎr (where), the translation should be: Where do you want to mail that letter?
Hope that helps!
Hi Grace, one additional question: So if I want to say that we moved our house to Beijing on March 2009, we would say:
Wo3men 2009 nian2 san1 yue4 ban1jia1 Bei3jing1 lai2 le
Is that correct? Thanks.