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Lesson 31 How to use 对… 来说 (as for…) sentence pattern in Chinese?

Posted by Grace Feng on October 14, 2013

Lesson 31 How to use 对... 来说 (as for...) sentence pattern in chinese?对… 来说 duì tā láishuō sentence pattern is very useful when you need to describe feelings or opinions that are viewed from other’s perspective. Such as “as far as who is concerned…“, “as for …“, etc. It’ll be easier to explain it in an example:

 

duì tā láishuō, zhè fèn gōngzuò tài kūzào。

来说这份工作太枯燥。

As for him, the job is too boring.

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Got it? OK then, let’s have a quick review on the four new words first before we move on:

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
枯燥   ku1 zao4 dry and dull; boring
残疾 殘疾 can2 ji2 disabled; handicapped
国家 國家 guo2 jia1 country
天堂   tian1 tang2 paradise; heaven

 

This sentence pattern is quite strict forward, just replace the “who” in the following pattern, then you can start your sentence with “As for …” or “As far as who is concerned…”.

 

对 + who + 来说, ……

 

Yes, comma is a must!

Let’s look at one more examples:

 

duì cánjírén láishuō, zhège guójiā jiùshì tiāntáng。  

残疾人来说, 这个国家就是天堂。

As for people that are disabled, this country is like a heaven.

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Is that clear now? If yes, then please proceed to the following practice for today. Please use the sentence pattern you just learned to express the following two sentences. Feel free to leave your homework in the comment area, thanks!

Practice 1.   As for children, family is very important.

Practice 2.   As for university students, university is not simply a school.

(To view the answers to these two practice, please use your cursor to select the following blank area.

Answer 1. 对孩子来说, 家庭很重要.

Answer 2. 对大学生来说, 大学不仅仅是个学校.

 

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2 Responses to “Lesson 31 How to use 对… 来说 (as for…) sentence pattern in Chinese?”

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    Andrea:

    06-12-2014 5:21 pm

    对孩子来说,家庭非常重要。
    对大学生来说,大学不只是一所学校。

    Hi Grace,
    thank you for the great work you’re doing with this website! I just discovered it via chinesereadingpractice.com and immediately linked to it from my new blog, where I want to recommend books and stuff to german readers who are interested in China … hoping that one day it can become as useful a resource to some people as your site certainly is!
    All the best,
    Andrea

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      Grace Feng:

      06-13-2014 1:09 am

      Guten tag, Andrea!

      Thanks for your kind words and blog link! I had tried so hard to find opportunities to learn German in my university years. Although it didn’t work out in the end, I still can recognize some basic German words, such as das, die, ich etc. That’s one of the reason that drive me to build up an online recourse center for people to learn language on their own.

      Yes, I believe your blog can grow into a rich resource for Chinese learners (with German language background) one day as long as you keep at it. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need any help.

      谢谢!

      Grace

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