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Question: Say to your friend that Xiao Ding always reads in the
1 在 is used
Hint 2 The 在 clause is placed before the main verb "read"
Answer 小 丁 总 是 在 食 堂 看 书 。 Listen
zài is a co-verb here. It means to locate in,
on or at a place. Many co-verbs are verbs in Chinese. Sequence is very important in Chinese when it comes to describing actions. The first action should come first. For example, 小 丁在 食 堂 看 书
Xiăo Dīng zài shítáng kàn shū lit.
Xiao Ding is in canteen reading book. As you can see from
the above examples, the co-verb 在
zài is followed by a noun 食 堂
shítáng to form a co-verb clause. The
order sequence is indicated: one has to be in the canteen before
reading the book.