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Congratulations and welcome to the end of the week!

Thank you for following us here. You have already finished your third week of the grammar course. Congratulations!

In this week,you have learned a lot,such as

  • How to compare the qualities and characteristics of two things by using the preposition“比”. For example:冬天比夏天冷。Dōngtiān bǐ xiàtiān lěng.

  • the usage of the particle “了” after verbs to indicate completion of an action. For example: 她喝了一杯牛奶。Tā hē le yìbēi niúnǎi.

  • the position of the adverb “也yě (also or too) ” and “都dōu (both or all)”. Especially pay attention to the position of the adverb “都dōu ”. It has different meanings in different positions in the negative form. For example:

他们都不喜欢吃蛋糕。Tāmen dōu bù xǐhuān chī dàngāo。

他们不都喜欢吃蛋糕。Tāmen bù dōu xǐhuān chī dàngāo。

  • the usage of adverbs “就jiù” and “才cái”.

“就jiù” usually indicates something is done early or quickly, while “才cái” usually indicates something is done late or slowly. For example:

西西一天就看完一本书了。Xīxi yītiān jiù kànwán yīběn shū le.

王小宝一个月才读完一本书。Wáng Xiǎobǎo yíge yuè cái kànwán yìběn shū.

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