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The usage of “了”

This is the video about the usage of “了”.

In this video we discuss the usage of the particle “了” after verbs to indicate completion of an action.

It’s similar to the past tense in English. For example: “我喝了一杯牛奶。Wǒ hē le yìbēi niúnǎi. ” means“I drank a glass of milk. ”

The structure is:

“Subject + Verb + 了 +Attribute+ Object”

Please notice that the object needs an Attribute,such as a measure-word, an adjective or a pronoun. For example:


Tā hē le yìbēi niúnǎi. She drank a glass of milk.

“一杯”is a measure-word.


Tā mǎi le hěn duō dōngxi.

She bought a lot of things.

“很多”is an adjective.


Tā diū le tā de shǒujī. She lost her cell phone.

“她的”is a pronoun.

Well,you can try to use “了”to answer the question “你今天做了什么?what did you do today?”

The following is Chinese and English Version of Situational Dialogue in the Video:






Xīxi:Wang Xiaobao, what did you do last weekend?

Wáng Xiǎobǎo:I went to the People’s Square with my friends and watched a movie.

Xīxi:I also watched a movie last weekend and ate Sichuan food.

Wáng Xiǎobǎo:How about Sichuan food?

Xīxi:It’s a bit spicy, but delicious!

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