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Lesson 6

Video and text
Listening and speaking
Grammar exercises
Multiple choice


Question: Tell your friend that you want to show him the book that you borrowed yesterday.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use the verb 给
Hint 2 Hint 2   Remember the sequence of action: things that happen first should be placed first in the sentence
Comments Answer  我 给 你 看 我 昨 天 借 的 书 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively you can duplicate the main verb 看
kàn to soften your tone of voice by saying: 我 给 你 看 看 我 昨 天 借 的 书 wŏ gěi nĭ kànkan wŏ zuótiān jiè de shū. Sequence is very important when you describe actions, as the word order usually corresponds to the sequence of the actions. This means that the thing that happens first should appear first in the sentence, as demonstrated above. 给 gěi is used as a co-verb in this sentence, and means to give. A co-verb clause is formed by a co-verb plus noun or pronoun, as in 给 你 gěi nĭ in the above sentence.
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