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Featured Article: About to happen with "le" (A2)

了 (le)

Mastery of 了 (le) is not merely the grasping of a concept, it's a gradual amalgamation of usages over time. In short, it's a journey! Many of us begin that journey with the mistaken idea that 了 "marks the past tense." This is not the case, and learning how to express the idea of "about to happen" with 了 will put you on the right track.

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Beginner (A1)

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Elementary (A2)

At this level, you're probably started to wonder a lot about how to use 了 (le).

Here are some other useful grammar points:

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