There was a linguist said that if a man can explain how “了” works in Chinese, the man can be called master in linguistics, like Albert Einstein in physic and Jordan in basketball.
Apparently, I’m not the master yet……..so, I’m gonna introduce you “了” in a couple of lessons. Today is lesson 1.
First, read these sentences,
- I now understand what you mean.
wǒ xiàn zài míng bái le nǐ zài shuō shén me.
- I will meet you after the class.
wǒ míng tiān xià le kè qù zhǎo nǐ
- Did you write it?
nǐ xiě le ma
I wrote it yesterday.
wǒ zuó tiān jiù xiě wán le
Then think of these three questions.
What’s the function of the “了”?
Is there any common patterns?
What’s that patterns?
I’m sure you can work it out.
- “了” can serve as an aspect particle, indicating the occurrence or completion of a thing or an action.
ATTENTION!!! It’s not a mark of past tense!!!
- Common patterns
肯定形式：动词+（+宾语）+了 ; 动词+补语（+宾语）+了
Enough for you to think today.
See you guys next class.