In this video lesson we'll learn a few sets of Time Words in Chinese, and focus on where to put a Time Word in Chinese sentences.
We have learned some Time Words before:
Today we'll learn more Time Words in Chinese:
|LAST YEAR||THIS YEAR||NEXT YEAR|
|LAST MONTH||THIS MONTH||NEXT MONTH|
|LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK||NEXT WEEK|
When we put a Time Word in a sentence, the Time Word can give us information about when the action takes place, or when a status persists.
In English the Time Word usually goes at the beginning or at the end of a sentence, but in Chinese it's different, we never put a Time Word at the end of a sentence. For example these are sentences with the wrong placement of Time Words in Chinese:
So where to put a Time Word in Chinese sentences? We usually put a Time Word after the Subject and before the Predicate, which could be a verb(phrase) or an adjective (phrase):
These are some typical sentences with Time Words in Chinese:
Remember we learned that sometimes a Noun can be used as a modifier of another Noun? For example:
Since Time Words are also nouns, they can be put before another noun (phrase) to function as a modifier by using the Descriptive Particle 的 between them:
When there are more than one Time Words together, the "bigger" ones go before the "smaller" one - the same rule as words that refer to places, the "bigger" places go before the "smaller" places. For example: