Connecting nouns with "shi"
|Is similar to|
|Is used for||Referring to the present|
The structure for connecting nouns with 是 is:
Noun 1 + 是 + Noun 2
This is equivalent to "Noun 1 is Noun 2" in English.
Chinese does not conjugate verbs. That is, the form of the verb is the same no matter who is doing it. In this case, it is always 是 and never changes. As you can see, it's easy to form simple sentences expressing to be in Chinese.
|Noun 1||是||Noun 2||Translation|
|我||是||学生||。||I am a student.|
|她||是||医生||。||She is a doctor.|
|他||是||老师||。||He is a teacher.|
|这||是||书||。||This is a book.|
|那||是||杯子||。||That is a cup.|
Sources and further reading
- Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part 1 (3rd ed) (pp. 29) →buy
- Chinese: An Essential Grammar, Second Edition (pp. 47-8) →buy
- New Practical Chinese Reader 1 (新实用汉语课本1) (pp. 44) →buy
- New Practical Chinese Reader 1 (新实用汉语课本1)(2nd ed) (pp. 50-1) →buy