word order

Word order (词序)is important in Chinese. With the same words, if you put them in different orders, you convey totally different meanings. Here are some examples.

Example 1:

1. 我喜欢她。I like her, but she may not like me. -:(

2. 她喜欢我。 She likes me, but … you know.


Example 2:

1. 他跳上桌子。He jumped onto the table. This sentence emphasize the action that he jumped onto the table. I use past simple to indicate that the action has been done.

2.他在座子上跳。He is dancing on the table. This sentence has a total different structure, you will learn more in ensuing chapters.

Rule No.1: Always pay attention to the word order.