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Lesson 11

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Grammar exercises


Question: It is late, but your Chinese friend is still working in the dormitory. Tell her that if she does not hurry she will not get any food in the canteen.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Conditional sentence: use ... 就 ... sentence pattern
Hint 2 Hint 2   吃 不 到 饭 cannot get food to eat
Comments Answer  快 去 餐 厅 吧 , 晚 了 , 就 吃 不 到 饭 了 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 快 去 餐 厅 吧, 要 不 就 吃 不 到 饭 了
kuài qù cāntīng ba, yàobu jiù chī bu dào fàn le, or 快 去 餐 厅 吧, 要 是 晚 了, 就 吃 不 到 饭 了 kuài qù cāntīng ba, yàoshi wăn le, jiù chī bu dào fàn le. 要 不 yàobu means otherwise. 了 le at the end of the sentence implies a change of situation. The 了 le which is placed after 晚 wăn is used for the 'excessiveness' pattern, as in 太 晚 了 tài wăn le too late.
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