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Dialogue 1 and homework

Today we’ll learn the question using 怎么 to ask about the reason for something, indicating surprise or astonishment.

New words

门mén door,gate

外wài outer,outside

自行车zìxíngchē bike

Language points

“怎么+verb/adjective”ask about the reason for something, indicate surprise or astonishment

For example:

If your classmate David always attends class on time, but he didn’t show up today. You must feel surprised and want to know the reason.

In this case, 怎么could be used, you can ask今天大卫怎么没来上课?

Dialogue 1

A:你知道小王今天什么时候来学校吗?Nǐ zhīdào Xiǎo Wáng jīntiān shénme shíhou lái xuéxiào ma?

Do you know when Xiao Wang will come to school today?

B:他已经来了。Tā yǐjīng lái le.

He is already here.

A:你怎么知道他来了? Nǐ zěnme zhīdào tā lái le?

How do you know?

B:我在门外看见他的自行车了。Wǒ zài mén wài kànjiàn tā de zìxíngchē le.

I saw his bike outside the door.

Let’s try to read it again without Pinyin.

A:你知道小王今天什么时候来学校吗?

B:他已经来了。

A:你怎么知道他来了?

B:我在门外看见他的自行车了。

Homework

Today we learnt how to use “怎么” to ask about the reason for something, indicating surprise or astonishment.

你怎么知道他来了?Nǐ zěnme zhīdào tā lái le?

After class please make sentences with “怎么” and the given words in the form, and then make more sentences using 怎么by yourself.

subject V/Adj
他tā 在门外zài mén wài
你nǐ 不吃苹果bù chī píngguǒ
你的自行车nǐ de zìxíngchē 不在家bú zàijiā
   
   
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