lesson 9
introducing friends
 
 

exercise

The preposition 给

给can be a verb or a preposition. In Chinese, prepositions are generally combined with nouns or pronouns to form prepositional phrases, which appear before verbs as adverbials.

 我给你介绍一下。

Wǒ gěi nǐ jièshào yīxià.

Let me introduce (my friend) to you.

她给我打电话。

Tā gěi wǒ dǎ diànhuà.

She calls me.

 

The preposition 在

To indicate the location where a action takes place, 在 followed by a location, comes before the verb.

我在医院工作。

Wǒ zài yīyuàn gōngzuò.

I work in a hospital.

你在哪儿工作?

Nǐ zài nǎ'er gōngzuò?

Where do you work?

 

Interrogative pronoun 哪儿

哪儿and哪里 both means “where” in English. Because it is used to ask locations, so the 在 must needed.

你在哪儿工作?

Nǐ zài nǎ'er gōngzuò?

Where do you work?

你的家在哪儿?

Nǐ de jiā zài nǎ'er?

Where is your house?