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Chinese Grammar: How To Conjugate Verbs

Conjugating verbs in Chinese is different to other languages.

You can only use the infinitive form and add the correct pronouns because the verb does not change.

Present Tense

The present tense works the same as it does in English.

Structure: Subject + Verb

Present
English Chinese Characters Pinyin English Chinese Characters Pinyin
I Wǒ  I Write 我寫 Wǒ xiě
You You Write 你寫 Nǐ xiě
He/She 他 / 她 / 它 tā/ tā/ tā  He/She Writes 他寫道: Tā xiě dào:
We 我们 wǒmen  We Write 我們寫 Wǒmen xiě
You 你们 nǐmen You Write 你寫 Nǐ xiě
They 他们 tāmen They Write 他們寫 Tāmen xiě

Simple past

One must add "了" at the end of the sentence.

Structure: Subject + Verb + "了" (le)

Past
English Chinese Characters Pinyin English Chinese Characters Pinyin
I Wǒ  I Wrote 我寫了 Wǒ xiě le 
You You Wrote 你寫了 Nǐ xiě le
He/She 他 / 她 / 它 tā/ tā/ tā  He/She Wrote 他寫了 Tā xiě le
We 我们 wǒmen  We Wrote 我們寫了 Wǒmen xiě le
You 你们 nǐmen You Wrote 你寫了 Nǐ xiě le
They 他们 tāmen They Wrote 他們寫道了 Tāmen xiě le

Future Tense:

One must add "會 (huì)" before the Verb.

Structure: Subject + "會 (huì)" + Verb

Future
English Chinese Characters Pinyin English Chinese Characters Pinyin
I Wǒ  I will write 我會寫 Wǒ huì xiě
You You will write 你會寫 Nǐ huì xiě
He/She 他 / 她 / 它 tā/ tā/ tā  He/She will write 他 / 她 / 它會寫 Tā huì xiě
We 我们 wǒmen  We will write 我们會寫 Wǒmen huì xiě
You 你们 nǐmen You will write 你们會寫 Nǐmen huì xiě
They 他们 tāmen They will write 他们會寫 Tāmen huì xiě
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