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Lesson 9

Video and text
Listening and speaking
Grammar exercises
Multiple choice


Question: Tell your friend that you spend every afternoon in the library reading.

Hint 1 Hint 1   每 天 下 午
Hint 2 Hint 2   都 is often placed before the verb in a sentence containing 每
Comments Answer  我 每 天 下 午 都 在 图 书 馆 看 书 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 我 天 天 下 午 都 在 图 书 馆 看 书
wǒ tiāntiān xiàwǔ dōu zài túshū guǎn kàn shū. Generally, 每 měi every should be followed by a measure word, as in 每 个 人 měi ge rén every person. However, 天 tiān day is like 年 nián year, and does not need a measure word, because it combines the functions of noun and measure word: 每 天 měi tiān every day; 每 年 měi nián every year. In Chinese 每 měi is often followed by the adverb 都 dōu all, because the meaning of every implies that there is more than one item.
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