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How to Use 了: Action Complete

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ID: QW0433 Elementary
  Today we attempt to tackle the often asked question on how to use the seemingly simple character, 了(le). 了 (le) has many uses but in this first video we look at the "Action Complete 了”. Tune in next week for the next episode. Check out Chinese Grammar Wiki for even more examples.
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了:表示“动作完成”。
le :biǎoshì “dòngzuò wánchéng ”。
le: indicates action complete
动词了
dòngcí le
verb le
中文不是“时态“语言,中文的动词本身不改变,只用助词来表示动作“还没发生”、“正在发生”或是“已经结束”。
Zhōngwén bùshì “shítài “yǔyán ,Zhōngwén de dòngcí běnshēn bù gǎibiàn ,zhī yòng zhù cí lái biǎoshì dòngzuò “hái méi fāshēng ”、“zhèngzài fāshēng ”huòshì “yǐjīng jiéshù ”。
Chinese is not a tense based language, the verbs in Chinese do not change. Instead, we have particles that help indicate whether an action has occurred, is occurring or has completed.
我下了班就去找你。
wǒ xià le bān jiù qù zhǎo nǐ 。
Once I finish work, i'll come see you.
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