Chinese Multimedia

Lesson 20

Video and text
Listening and speaking
Grammar exercises


Question: Ask your teacher how many people the dormitory can accommodate.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use a potential verb phrase
Hint 2 Hint 2   Can accommodate: 住得下
Comments Answer  学生宿舍住得下多少人? Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 学生宿舍能住下多少人
xuésheng sùshè néng zhù xià duōshao rén? 学生宿舍能住多少人 xuésheng sùshè néng zhù duōshao rén? Or 学生宿舍能住得下多少人 xuésheng sùshè néng zhùde xià duōshao rén? Some potential verb phrases do not keep their literal meanings and are used as idiomatic expressions. V得下 Vde xià means to have room for; 对不起 duì bu qǐ means excuse me or sorry. For instance, 这辆车坐得下五个人 zhè liàng chē zuò de xià wǔ ge rén this car can take five people.
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