lesson 8
go to watch movie
 
 

gRAMMAR

The auxiliary verb要+ verb

When要 used before verbs it has the same meaning as “be going to”.

我周末要去打球。

Wǒ zhōumò yào qù dǎqiú.

I am going to play ball on the weekend.

我明天要学中文。

Wǒ míngtiān yào xué zhōngwén.

I will going to learn Chinese tomorrow.

 

The adverb好+verb

When 好 is used as an adverb, it can be modifying verbs. It means good or easy to do something.

中国菜很好吃。

Zhōngguó cài hěn hào chī. 

Chinese food is delicious.

一部好看的中国电影。

Yī bù hǎokàn de zhōngguó diànyǐng.

A good Chinese movie.

 

The modal verb想

想has several meanings. In this lesson, it indicates a desire to do something. It must be followed by a verb or a clause.

你想看电影吗?

Nǐ xiǎng kàn diànyǐng ma? 

Do you want to watch a movie?

我不想看电影。

Wǒ bùxiǎng kàn diànyǐng.

I don't want to watch a movie.

 

Suggestions with 吧

One of the common usage of 吧 is to make suggestions. 吧 also makes the sentence more tentative and more polite.

我们去唱歌吧。

Wǒmen qù chànggē ba.

Let's go sing.

买下午的吧。

Mǎi xiàwǔ de ba.

Let’s buy the afternoon one.

 

The structure particle的

Before nouns, 的 is used to mark possession or modification. Notice sometimes we will omit the noun, if the noun is motioned in the context.

一部好看的中国电影。

Yī bù hǎokàn de zhōngguó diànyǐng.

A good Chinese movie.

下午的(电影)吧!

Xiàwǔ de (diànyǐng) ba!

The one in the afternoon!

 

 

Expressing “together” with 一起

一起 is the simple way to express an action being done together by other people. The pronouns (the people who are doing the action together) must be used before 一起。

我和王丽一起去看电影。

Wǒ hé wáng lì yīqǐ qù kàn diànyǐng.

I went to the movies with Wang Li.

我的男朋友不和我一起学中文。

Wǒ de nán péngyǒu bù hé wǒ yīqǐ xué zhōngwén.

My boyfriend doesn't learn Chinese with me.