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Expressing "together" with "yiqi"

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If you want to express that you are doing something together with someone else, 一起 (yīqǐ) is your word!

Note: The pinyin for 一起 is written "yīqǐ" but pronounced "yìqǐ" due to a tone change rule.

Structure

一起 (yīqǐ) is the easiest way to express an action being done together with other people.

Subj. + 一起 + Verb + Obj.

The subject must be plural - a plural noun or two or more nouns linked with a conjunction. You can't do things together on your own, after all.

Examples

  • 我们 一起 吃 晚饭 吧。Wǒmen yīqǐ chī wǎnfàn ba.Let's eat dinner together.
  • 早上 我 和 老公 一起 去 上班。Zǎoshang wǒ hé lǎogōng yīqǐ qù shàngbān.In the morning, I go to work together with my husband.
  • 周末 我们 一起 去 看电影,好 吗?Zhōumò wǒmen yīqǐ qù kàn diànyǐng, hǎo ma? Let's go to the movies this weekend, shall we?
  • 这 两 个 公司 一起 做 这个 产品。Zhè liǎng gè gōngsī yīqǐ zuò zhège chǎnpǐn.These two businesses made this product together.
  • 下班 以后,你们 一起 来 我 家 吧。Xiàbān yǐhòu, nǐmen yīqǐ lái wǒ jiā ba.After work, why don't you all come to my home together?
  • 下 个 月 我 和 妈妈 一起 去 旅行。Xià gè yuè wǒ hé māma yīqǐ qù lǚxíng.Next month I'll go on a trip together with mom.
  • 你们 有没有 一起 玩 过 这 个 游戏?Nǐmen yǒu méiyǒu yīqǐ wán guo zhège yóuxì? Have you all ever played this game together?
  • 他 想 和 他太太 一起 学 中文。Tā xiǎng hé tā tàitai yīqǐ xué Zhōngwén.He wants to study Chinese together with his wife.
  • 结婚以后,你 和 父母 会 一起 住 吗?Jiéhūn yǐhòu, nǐ hé fùmǔ huì yīqǐ zhù ma? Will you live together with your parents after you get married?
  • 今天 晚上 老板 要 和 我们 一起 加班。Jīntiān wǎnshang, lǎobǎn yào hé wǒmen yīqǐ jiābān.Tonight the boss is going to to work overtime together with us.

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