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Expressing purpose

The following structures used to express purpose in Chinese are organized according to our grammar points by level.

A1 Expressing purpose

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Wanting to do something with "yao" 要 + Verb 吃饭 。

A2 Expressing purpose

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing "would like to" with "xiang" 想 + Verb 去。

B1 Expressing purpose

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing "for" with "gei" Subj. + 给 + 对象 + Verb + Obj. 我 要 孩子 们 做饭。
Expressing "for" with "wei" 为 + Noun⋯⋯ 人民 服务 !
Expressing purpose with "weile" 为了 + Purpose + Verb 为了 你,我 愿意 做 。
Indicating purpose or intent using "shi...de" 是⋯⋯ 的 来 上海 旅游
Using "lai" to connect two verb phrases 通过 / 用 + Verb Phrase 1 + 来 + Verb Phrase 2 这 种 方法 赚钱,真 丢人。

B2 Expressing purpose

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing purpose with "haorang" Subj. 1 + Action, 好让 + Purpose 你 要 说 慢 点儿,好 让 他们 明白。
Facilitating an outcome with "yibian" 以便 + Verb 用 普通话 说 , 以便 我 能 听懂 。