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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
EnglishChinese CharactersPinyinEnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
I Wǒ  I Write我寫 Wǒ xiě
YouYou 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 "" at the end of the sentence.

Structure: Subject + Verb + "" (le)

Past
EnglishChinese CharactersPinyinEnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
I Wǒ  I Wrote我寫了 Wǒ xiě le 
YouYou 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 " (huì)" before the Verb.

Structure: Subject + " (huì)" + Verb

Future
EnglishChinese CharactersPinyinEnglishChinese CharactersPinyin
I Wǒ  I will write我會寫 Wǒ huì xiě
YouYou 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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