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The Complement 不了
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ID: QW0199 Intermediate
Famous for its "the character 了 can actually be pronounced in two ways" mischief, the complement 不了 (buliǎo) and its positive partner in crime, 得了 (deliǎo), have been pranking Chinese learners everywhere for a while now. Learn exactly what's going on here in this Intermediate-level Qing Wen lesson.
Sat May 07 2011 | Connie, John, Liliana
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zhè ge xīguā tài dà le ，wǒ yī ge rén chībuliǎo 。
This watermelon is too big. I can't eat it by myself.
nǐ diǎn le zhème duō cài ，chīdeliǎo ma ？
You ordered so much food. Will you be able to eat it all?
tā yī ge rén hēbuliǎo yī píng báijiǔ 。
He can't drink a bottle of baijiu by himself.
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