kgallonDecember 28, 2009, 09:11 PM
I have a few questions about the lesson "Night Cat" :
1- some phrases are ended with "de". In the dialogue, they explain it to show the past time. Can you explain it better to me + difference between "de" and "le"
2- hua1 qia2n means "spend money" ?
grace_counselorDecember 29, 2009, 01:22 AM
Here are the answers:
Both of them can be used for past tense， but 的 is used to stress some elements of the action.Actually we are talking about this pattern"是……的", but we often leave "是" away.
Here are the sentences with the pattern from "Night Cat":
Here 的 is used to stress "how"(和一帮哥们儿一起；怎么；他们送你；我自己打车).
Here 的 is used to stress "where".
Here 的 is used to stress "subject".
Here 的 is used to stress "when".
You cannot replace 的 with 了 in the above sentences. 了 only indicates an action is finished or some change happened.
2.hua1qian2 means "spend money"; hua1shi2jian1=spend time
Hope it's helpful.
kgallonJanuary 07, 2010, 01:14 PM
Sorry for not being able to make the lesson review yesterday. As I had understood, the phone all would be on Friday from January 08th again, I had not learned all the lessons and was not ready.
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grace_counselorJanuary 21, 2010, 05:10 AM
Hi Karine, both of yong4 and shi3yong4 are to use, but shi3yong4 is formal than yong4.
Both of ke3yi3 and neng2 can be used as "can" or "may", but ke3yi3 also can be "ok". The most important difference beween them is neng2 also means be capable(ta1 hen3 neng2.=She's very capable.) and possibility(zhe4me wan3 le, ta1 neng2 lai2 ma?=It's so late, can he possibly come?).