Chinese Verbs

Verbs are doing words, and in Chinese, just like in English, they're used to denote an action performed by someone or something.

Anything you do or anyone else does, needs a verb so that you can do it. You can't run without verbs, you can't sing without verbs. Let's face it, without verbs you just can't do anything at all.

Love, breathe, live... All verbs.

So let's hear it for the mighty verb, and let's find out more about exactly how the Chinese verbs work ...

Pronouncing verbs in Chinese

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Simple and Compound Tenses

Chinese verbs do not have tenses. In other words, the form of verbs never changes, regardless the change of time. They remain the same if they are actions of the past, present or future, if they are active or passive voices.

Instead of changing the form of verbs when talking about past, present or future actions, Chinese people put a particular time phrase in the sentences to indicate the different time.

More Chinese Verbs

Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

Active voice:

Passive voice:

Here are some more examples how Chinese verbs are used in sentences:

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