Lesson two Drinking (part one)

Week four 他喝醉了

Learn the following two sentences

Tā hē        zuì      le .    
He drinks drunk le      

Play Media  He is drunk

Zuì  to be drunk. The word zuì implies that someone has become drunk by having some alcohol drinks. The word hē to drink is an action verb and the word zuì is the result of drinking. We call this type of word resultive verb phrase which is formed by an action verb and a word of result. For example, we had the phrase chī băo le to be full by eating. As you can see the action verb to eat is placed before the word of result to be full. Of course you can also say hē băo le. The word hăo can also be used as a word of result. It implies satisfaction and completion. Chī hăo le means to finish eating or ate to one's satisfaction.


New words

hē zuì  Play Media     to be drunk
le Play Media It is a model particle to indicate the change of situation. For example,  Tā hē zuì le He is drunk now. It implies that before he wasn't.

Use the following word-order-table to form sentences.

Word order
subject (nouns and pronouns) verbs

 Wǒ   I

 Nĭ   you                                  

Hē zuì le to be drunk
   he, she

Chī băo le to  be full (by eating)

  Chī hăo le to finish eating



Listening to the following sentences by clicking on the following links. Hover the mouse over "Answer" to view the answers.


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Now you should be able to say the following sentences in Chinese

I have already eaten Play Media
I had some Chinese tea Play Media
I won't drink cider anymore. Play Media
I'm drunk from drinking beer Play Media
(You) can't get drunk from drinking orange juice Play Media
(Drinking) what can get you drunk? Play Media
You cook Chinese food extremely well. Play Media
Don't drink too mach. Play Media