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Lesson 13

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Grammar exercises


Question: Tell your friend that you haven't been abroad for 5 years, and you would really like to go to Japan this summer.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Time measure-words, here 5 years, should be placed before negatives
Hint 2 Hint 2   Try to use 可
Comments Answer  我 五 年 没 出 国 了 , 今 年 夏 天 我 可 想 去 日 本 了 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 我 五 年 没 出 国 了, 今 年 夏 天 我 真 想 去 日 本
wŏ wǔ nián méi chū guó le, jīnnián xiàtiān wŏ zhēn xiăng qù Rìběn. The time measure is placed before the negation. The modal particle 了 le at the end of the sentence indicates that until today the speaker has not been abroad for five years. Without the modal particle 了 le at the end of the sentence, it would mean that the speaker did not go abroad for five years in the past.
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