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As Soon as I Got Home, I Called!
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ID: 2902 Elementary
The 一 … 就 pattern (yī … jiù) is super common in Chinese grammar and is used to say that two actions happened in quick succession. For example: "as soon as I got home, I called you", or "once I finished class, I began revising". In today's example, it's a bit of a lovers tiff, where the girlfriend is upset that the boyfriend didn't call her. However, he claims that as soon as he finished work, he called right away. You can also check out this Elementary lesson to see the yi...jiu pattern in use. Click here Photo by Alejandro Pinto
Tue Jun 07 2016 | Gwilym, Fiona Tian
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|打电话||dǎ diànhuà||to make a phone call|
|给||gěi||to give; to; for|
|下班||xiàbān||to get off work|
nǐ zuótiān wǎnshang wèishénme méiyǒu dǎ diànhuà gěi wǒ ？
Why didn't you call me last night?
wǒ dǎ le ！wǒ yī xiàbān jiù dǎ le 。
I did call you! I called you as soon as I got off work.
wèishénme wǒ méi tīngdào ？
Why didn't I hear it?
wǒ zěnme zhīdào 。
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