Simplified Chinese Version

 

Here is the basic Chinese sentence structure: Subject (S) + Verb (V) + Object (O).

But when adding time, location and time duration, it is important to know where to place them correctly.  

  1. Let’s add “time when”:

Subject + Time when + Verb + Object

“Time when” is referring to a specific point in time. Note the difference between “time when” and “time duration.”

Place “time when” either right before or right after the subject.

  1.  Let’s add “location”:

Subject + Time when + Location + Verb + Object

  1.  Let’s add “time duration”:

Subject + Time when + Location + Verb + Object  + Verb + Time duration

 

Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I can understand the basic Chinese sentence structure and put the parts in the correct order.

⃞    I can recognize when people use “time when”, “location” and/or “time duration” in a Chinese conversation.

⃞    I can place “time when” correctly within a sentence.

⃞    I can place “location” correctly within a sentence.

⃞    I can place “time duration” correctly within a sentence.

⃞    I can correctly place all three of them (time when, location and time duration) within a sentence.

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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