In this video lesson we'll learn about Modal Particle 呢 in Chinese. And we'll also compare 米 vs 饭 in Chinese.
We learned about Question Particle 呢 in Lesson 6. Now we'll learn about the Modal Particle 呢 in Chinese.
The Modal Particle 呢 is usually (1) put at the end of a declarative sentence, (2) to suggest that the action or the status is continuing.
It is usually used together with Adverb 在 (which suggest that an action is in progress and continuing). So the structure is:
This 在...呢 structure suggests that the Subject to be in the process of doing something and the action or status is continuing.
So we can say sentences like:
When we compare 在...呢 vs 在 in Chinese, generally the 在...呢 structure, "在 Verb Phrase 呢" and "在 Verb Phrase" are talking about the same thing, except for the mood or tone.
In the following groups, sentence A and B are talking about the same thing, except for the mood or tone.
A: wǒ zài chī fàn
I am having a meal.
B: wǒ zài chī fàn ne
Oh, see, I am having a meal.
A: tā zài mǎi diànnǎo
He is buying a computer.
B: tā zài mǎi diànnǎo ne
Oh, you know, he is buying a computer.
Rice is probably the most popular staple food in China, with noodles being the second.
If we want to compare 米 vs 饭 vs 米饭
mǐ 米 usually refers to raw rice. When people talk about 米, they are usually referring to raw white rice in packages that you can buy from the market.
fàn 饭 is either (1) cooked (white) rice, or (2) a meal in general, because rice is so popular that it become the code name for meals in general. So even if someone had noodles or pizza, we can still say that they just 吃饭(to have a meal).
mǐfàn 米饭, on the other hand, usually specifically refers to cooked (white) rice.
米 vs 饭
米饭 vs 饭