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Expressing "toward" with "wang"

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Used as "Towards"

往 (wǎng) is a preposition that means "towards" and is used often when expressing or referring to an action.

Used before a Verb


Adding 往 (wǎng) with a location or placement word, expresses the direction of the action.

往 + Direction / Place + Verb


  • 一直 Yīzhí wǎng qián zǒu.Go straight along.
  • Wǎng zuǒ guǎi.Turn left.
  • Wǎng shàng kàn.Look up there.
  • 那个 小偷 了 。Nàge xiǎotōu wǎng dōng pǎo le.That thief ran towards the east.
  • 不要 楼下 垃圾 。Bùyào wǎng lóuxià rēng lājī.Don't throw trash downstairs.
  • 不要 我 家 打电话 了 !Bùyào wǎng wǒ jiā dǎ diànhuà le!Stop calling my house!

Used after a Verb

In written language, 往 (wǎng) can be used after a few monosyllabic verbs, followed by adding location nouns.


  • 北京 的 火车 Kāi wǎng Běijīng de huǒchēThe train that goes to Beijing.
  • 纽约 的 飞机 Fēi wǎng Niǔyuē de fēijīThe airplane that flies to New York.
  • 国外 的 货物 Yùn wǎng guówài de huòwùThe cargos that are shipped overseas.

往下 as "Keep Going"

往下 (wǎng xià) expresses "keep going" , which means that the process has been interrupted before. The verbs that follow are usually sensory verbs: 说 speaking, 读 reading, 写 writing, 看 watching and 听 listening.


  • Wǎng xià shuō.Keep talking.
  • Wǎng xià .Keep reading.
  • 就 知道 了 。wǎng xià kàn jiù zhīdào le.Keep reading it and then you will figure out.

See also

Sources and further reading


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