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Lesson 27 How to use “Let …” sentence patterns in Chinese

Posted by Grace Feng on November 3, 2012

Lesson 27 How to use “Let ...” sentence patterns in Chinese?“Let’s have a break!”

No, I’m just kidding. :-) Let’s finish today’s Learn Chinese Online lesson and then we can have a break.

If I ask you to repeat my opening sentence in Chinese, do you know how to say it? Before we answer that question, let’s learn some new Chinese words first. Please use the estroke tool beneath the new word table to practice your writing if you need.

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
休息 休息 xiu1 xi5 rest; to rest;
rang4 to let sb do sth; to have sb do sth;
一起 一起 yi1 qi3 together
照看 照看 zhao4 kan4 to look after; to attend to
解决 解決 jie3 jue2 to solve (problems, issues)
问题 問題 wen4 ti2 question; problem; issue
  • You can copy and paste a few characters together into the box. They’ll show in the animation window one by one.
  • Once the stroke animation stops, click in the animation window and hit ENTER to replay it.
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Are you done with the new words now. If yes, let me explain how the opening sentence is said in Chinese:

让 ràng (Let) 我们 wǒmen (us) 休息 xiūxi (have a break) 一下 yīxià (for a little while) 吧 ba (exclamation particle)!

I’ll reprint it in clean text here:

让我们休息一下吧!

 

Basically you just need the following pattern to phrase your sentence for “Let’s …” sentence pattern:

让 ràng (Let) 我们 wǒmen (us) + do something.

As a matter of fact, you can also take out the character “让” to mean the same thing:

我们休息一下吧! 

Then, is there any difference between the sentence with and the sentence without ? Well, the difference is very subtle: using sounds a bit more formal; not using  sounds more leisure. Well, generally speaking, they are same.

What if we’re not using “Let’s …” pattern, we just need to use “let” with other pronoun than “us”?

For example: “Let me take care of him!”

That’s no different from “Let’s …” sentence pattern. You can either start your sentence with 让, or without 让. You’ll see this sentence in Chinese in the following examples. Please repeat with the recording to learn how to say them as well:

 

wǒmen yīqǐ xué Zhōngwén ba! 

我们一起学中文吧!

Let’s study Chinese together!

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ràng wǒmen yīqǐ xué Zhōngwén ba! 

我们一起学中文吧!

Let’s study Chinese together!

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wǒ lái zhàokàn tā ba!

我来照看他吧!

Let me take care of him!

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ràng wǒ lái zhàokàn tā ba! 

我来照看他吧!

Let me take care of him!

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tā lái jiějué zhège wèntí ba!

她来解决这个问题吧!

Let her solve this problem!

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ràng tā lái jiějué zhège wèntí ba!

她来解决这个问题吧!

Let her solve this problem!

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“Let” is also a favorite character in poems. A sentence like this has frequent appearance in Chinese poems or essays:

ràng chūn fēng chuī fǔ wǒ de chángfà.

春风吹抚我的长发.

Let the spring breeze caress my long hair.

Are you clear on how to use “Let …” sentence pattern in Chinese now? If yes, let’s have a real break now. Before you go, tell me one “Let …” sentence in Chinese please.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend! See you next time!

 

Related posts:

Lesson 11 How to describe “doing things at the same time” in Chinese?
Lesson 19 How to use character “ 着“ in Chinese
Lesson 21 How to use character “的” in Chinese

 

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2 Responses to “Lesson 27 How to use “Let …” sentence patterns in Chinese”

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    Tom Doherty:

    11-15-2012 2:31 am

    When watching a Cantonese movie a very common expression to be heard is : 冇問題 mou5 man6 tai4 No Problem. The Mandarin for the English word problem is 問題 in traditional characters, pronounced wèntí and in the same way we have in Mandarin 冇問題 mǎo wèntí No Problem.

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      Grace Feng:

      11-15-2012 5:16 am

      Tom, thank for sharing this expression. Actually I think it’ll be interesting to leave another expression of mandarin here as a comparison:
      有问题 There is problem!

      See how close the shape of 有 and 冇 are? The one that is missing two strokes means “There isn’t.”, the other one means “There is.”

      :-)

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