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Lesson 11

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Grammar exercises


Question: Tell your friend that you wanted to go out to eat some French food yesterday, but it was too late, so you didn't go.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use the modal verb 想
Hint 2 Hint 2   Pay attention to the sequence of actions
Comments Answer  我 昨 天 想 去 吃 点 儿 法 国 菜 , 可 是 太 晚 了 , 没 去 成 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 昨 天我 想 去 吃 些 法 国 菜, 但 是 晚 了, 没 去 成
zuótiān wŏ xiăng qù chī xiē Făguó cài, dànshi wăn le, méi qù chéng. The resultative word 成 chéng means to be successful in doing something. The aspectual marker 了 le is not used when a sentence has a modal verb, such as 想 xiăng , 喜 欢 xĭhuān or 要 yào. For instance, 去 年 我 想 去 日 本 玩 qùnián wŏ xiăng qù Rìběn wán I wanted to go to Japan on holiday last year.
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