Over the last few weeks we have been looking at what words are useful for reading Chinese news about technology and also hacking. We got some great feedback about these posts and will be continuing that series, though in addition to that we also want to focus on important sentence patterns. As learning a language is not all about keywords, but also about the sentence structures that contain them.
Here are 5 sentence patterns that are essential for reading Chinese, and once you’ve learnt them you’ll find that they are frequently used in Chinese texts. (note: if you’ve been learning Chinese for a while you may have already come across these, but hang in there we will look at more advanced sentences in the future). As always these are real-world examples taken from actual news stories.
suī rán GDP shù jù bìng bú lè guān, dàn yóu yú zhè yī jié guǒ yǐ zài yù qí zhī nèi, yīn cǐ 16 rì de dōng jīng zhèng quàn shì chǎng wèi yǒu jiào dà fǎn yìng
Although the GDP figures aren’t optimistic, but due to this outcome being within expectations, therefore on the 16th the Japanese market didn’t have a bigger reaction
běi yuē jí shǐ kuò dà, yě bú shì è luó sī de dí rén pō lán bú shì è luó sī de dí rén, měi guó yě bú shì.
Even though NATO is expanding, it’s still not an enemy of Russia, Poland isn’t an enemy of Russia, neither is the USA.
zhè gè qī rén fàn zuì jí tuán suǒ shè àn jiàn xiāng dāng zá, bú dàn xī dú, yě shè jí jí pò chē chuāng qiè àn
This seven-person criminal gang’s activities are very complex, not only did they take drugs, but were also involved in smash-and-grab crimes from cars
yǒu de zhèng fŭ bù mén gēn běn bú zhī dào yǒu zhè yàng de fǎ lìng cún zài, yǒu de suī rán zhī dào, dàn shì suǒ tí gōng de shuāng yŭ fú wù gēn běn dá bú dào yào qiú
some government departments have no idea this law even exists, while others even though they know, but still provide a dual-language service that doesn’t meet requirements
chú fēi xiū fǎ, fǒu zé zhè zhǒng wèn tí yǒng yuǎn wú fǎ jiě jué
unless the law is altered, otherwise this kind of problem will never be resolved
There are many more useful sentence patterns than these five, so look out for more posts in the future like this. If you know of any other sentence patterns that you want to study or like to use then post in the comments below!