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Lesson 15

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Grammar exercises


Question: Your friend has been complaining about having too many grammar exercises. Agree with him, and tell him that as a result you can't go to the pub very often nowadays.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use the expression 可 不 是 吗...
Hint 2 Hint 2   所 以 can be used in the second clause. The modal particle 了 for a change of situation can be used
Comments Answer  可 不 是吗, 所 以 我 现 在 不 能 常 去 酒 吧 了 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 是 啊, 所 以 我 现 在 不 能 常 去 酒 吧 了
shì a,  shǒuyǐ wǒ xiànzài bù néng cháng qù jiǔ le. The expression 可 不 是吗 kě bú shì ma is in the form of a rhetorical question, which is used to agree with other people's opinions in colloquial conversation. 可 不 是吗 kě bú shì ma is often followed by a statement reinforcing the expressed opinion. For instance, one person says 小 丁 的 字 写 得 可 真 漂 亮 Xiǎo Dīng de zì xiě de kě zhēn piàoliang Xiao Ding writes characters very beautifully, and another person agrees by saying 可 不 是吗, 很 多 同 学 都 想 学 他 写 的 字 kě bú shì ma,  hěn duō tóngxué dōu xiǎng xué tā xiě de zì yes indeed, many classmates want to learn [imitate] his way of writing.
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